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Prospective Grizzlies Buyer Robert Pera's Net Worth Called Into Question
Published June 18, 2012
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: In Memphis, David Williams wondered “what kind of owner” Pera will be, and noted the answer “may determine, more than anything else, whether the Grizzlies survive and thrive in Memphis for the long haul.” Williams also questioned NBA Commissioner David Stern's “confidence” in the sale going through. Williams: “By his comments, it seemed that Stern knew as little about Pera as the rest of us do. That is, ‘he has a few dollars, a few hundred million dollars, whatever the number is,’ and he likes to play hoops” (Memphis COMMERICAL APPEAL, 6/17). Also in Memphis, Geoff Calkins wrote Pera “should come visit” the city and tell Memphians “what he's all about.” Calkins: “What kind of guy is Pera? Does he plan to stay in Memphis for the long haul? Is he passionate about winning? How much will we see him around town? Will he be a hands-on owner, like Mike Heisley? What's his broad vision for the team?” Sports consultant and former Grizzlies President of Business Operations Andy Dolich said, "To me, he's missing an incredible opportunity. It's time to start the process of becoming a Memphian" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 6/17).