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SBD/April 28, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Former Grizzlies Owner Heisley Passes Away Due To Complications From Stroke
Published April 28, 2014
IMPORTANT FIGURE FOR MEMPHIS: NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER noted in addition to moving the Grizzlies to Memphis, Heisley also was responsible for getting FedExForum built. Silver: "He was a longtime friend of the league. He was a wonderful owner, a terrific friend" (THE DAILY). In Memphis, Geoff Calkins writes FedFexForum "wouldn’t have existed without Heisley’s decision to move a basketball team to Memphis." Without Heisley, there "would be no" Grizzlies. Calkins: "This city needed him. It needed his deep pockets, when the team ran annual deficits. It needed his stubbornness ... to get FedExForum built" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/28). The NBA in '05 said that the Grizzlies were "in the upper echelon of teams in terms of charitable work," having raised more than $17M in donations and pledges for various charities (N.Y. TIMES, 4/28).