Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera said Friday that the recent trades he and team CEO Jason Levien have overseen make the Griz "a far more dangerous playoff team today."
Pera spoke to fans in an online chat on the team site. He responded to questions the team said were submitted by MVP season ticket holders.
Pera had an eight-entry response to the first question, which asked about speculation if the ownership group had the "financial acumen to operate the team." Pera said NBA history "has proven" that teams can win championships without "dominant superstars," mentioning the Pistons and recent Spurs teams.
"I believe with our recent moves, this Grizzlies team as now constructed can potentially become the latest example," he wrote. "This team was built for playoff basketball. In playoff basketball, getting defensive stops and creating high percentage scoring opportunities under pressure becomes much more important. And that is what this team can do best. Between (Tayshaun Prince's) winning pedigree, the (league's) best perimeter defense, and (Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph) returning back to the focal point of the offense; I believe we are a far more dangerous playoff team today."
Robert Pera says Grizzlies 'a far more dangerous playoff team' after trades
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 2