Ninety minutes before another Saturday night's work in his 10-year NBA career, Shane Battier pulled on his Houston Rockets red-and-gray colored Chinese-made Peak sneakers and laced 'em tight.

He wasn't in the Rockets' Toyota Center, but instead sitting in front of his old Grizzlies' locker in FedExForum, two days after being traded from the Rockets where he had played the last 41/2 seasons. Hanging in the locker was the familiar Griz No. 31 white home jersey that Battier wore the first five years of his NBA career when Memphis advanced to three straight playoffs.

Across the locker room, at his old locker next to the showers, was former Griz starting point guard Jason Williams, signed by Memphis on Feb. 7.

"It's like the Blues Brothers -- we're putting the band back together," said a smiling Battier, who had two points, two rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in 25 minutes in the Grizzlies' 120-92 victory over Sacramento.

It's a band that is temporarily without its young conductor, since forward Rudy Gay is out at least two more weeks with a partially dislocated left shoulder.

But judging from the reaction when Gay, arm in a sling, introduced Battier (who was traded to Houston on draft night in June 2006 for the rights to the freshly drafted Gay) in pregame to the home crowd of 16,028, Memphis is happy to have its adopted native son back in a Beale Street blue.

"After he (Battier) had been in Houston for three seasons, I gave up hope of him coming back," said Jeff Garza, 44, a Griz fan who proudly wore his authentic Battier jersey that he never discarded and kept in his coat closet. "But I still washed this jersey every couple of weeks. It felt so good today to wash it and put it on again. Every game Shane plays, you always know you'll get 110 percent from him."

Battier got a standing ovation when he entered with 5:53 left in the first quarter. The entire arena let out collective sighs when he missed his first two shots, both three-point attempts, but cheered wildly when he finally scored on a baseline drive with 10:33 left in the game.

"It was awesome," Battier said of his homecoming reception. "When I checked in (for the first time), my initial reaction was, 'Soak it in, no one gets this kind of ovation.' Then about two seconds after I went in, I realized I had no idea what I was doing out there."