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Grizzlies Owner Pera Speaks Out, Wants To Put Stamp On Franchise

Grizzlies Owner & Chair Robert Pera yesterday said he wants to put his own "stamp on the team" now that its ownership situation is resolved. Pera bought out minority partners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus in April. Speaking on "The Chris Vernon Show" on the team-owned Grind City Media, Pera said, "I'd like to apply a lot of the skills that made my company, Ubiquiti, successful to the Grizzlies. I also recognize it's a little bit different." Pera said with Ubiquiti, he can "make all the decisions on the long-term (vision), and I can be kind of a dictator." But with the Grizzlies, there are "more elements than just the long-term picture." Pera: "You want to have some transparency with the fans ... The TV optics and how you handle the media and the fans are almost as important as the long-term goals so there's a little more balancing." It took Pera "some time to find my bearings the last several years" Pera said, "The goal for the Grizzlies is that people know that if they take a player or find a player, this is the best organization in the league for realizing that player's potential" ("The Chris Vernon Show," Grind City Media, 6/12). In Memphis, Ronald Tillery notes Kaplan and Straus each owned roughly 14% of the team compared to Pera's 25%, triggering the "buy-sell clause last fall." Pera was at FedExForum yesterday after "being disconnected from Memphis for more than a year" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 6/13).