Former owner / current seller Michael Heisley has built the Grit and Grind Grizzlies of today, even if it wasn't always easy. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The sale agreement of the Memphis Grizzlies is off and running between Michael Heisley and 34-year-old tech guru Robert Pera, which means that in the coming days and weeks more light will be shed on who Pera is and what his plans are for the Grizzlies, both in the general basketball sense as well as the long-term location of the franchise.
It's just too early to know much of anything for sure, and to react too strongly in one way or the other. The only thing for certain is that the Grizzlies will almost definitely be headed in a new direction under new leadership. But that doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot has to change.
After the jump, some early links and reaction on Pera's purchase of the Memphis Grizzlies.
-- From The Commercial Appeal, a first crack at trying to get to know the Grizzlies' new owner:
-- Here's a story from the San Jose Mercury News, the city that Pera's company, Ubiquiti Networks, calls home:
-- A brief bio and background on Pera and how he got to where he is:
-- From ESPN, here's Marc Stein being interviewed about the sale:
-- Also from The Commercial Appeal, an early plea to keep the Grizzlies in Memphis:
-- Pera's personal blog, which discusses business strategies and a new office:
-- Additionally, Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop takes what he read from Pera's blog and offers some thoughts:
-- Eric Freeman at Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie calls for cautious optimism regarding the future fate of the Grizzlies in Memphis:
-- And finally, here's Pera's public LinkedIn profile:
Under the reasons to contact Pera (and basically anyone else on LinkedIn but never-mind that for a second), "new ventures" and "business deals" show up. Buying the Memphis Grizzlies should probably qualify under both of those, we'd think.