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Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace Defends Decision To Cut Scouts
Published August 5, 2009
|Wallace Defends Laying Off Full-Time Scouts,
Says Team Has "Adequate Coverage"
IS COST PLAYING A ROLE? ESPN's Michael Wilbon said an “underlying theme” in the Grizzlies’ moves is that Owner Michael Heisley “doesn't want to spend any money.” Wilbon: “There's a lot of resentment that he left Vancouver, and he feels that he was influenced by the league to leave Vancouver for Memphis. … They didn't make the money that he has told others privately he expected to make in that market and now, as a result of that, he is just shutting it down." ESPN's Tony Kornheiser: "I do think you need a full-time scout outside the borders of the United States for European and South American talent, Asian talent." But Wilbon said, "They only draft in the top five. They should know everybody, because God knows they ain't drafting at the bottom of the first round" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/3).