I was going to combine this post with Graceland pics from the following day, but I took way too many. Next post! In the mean-time, here's an ignorant fan's impression of an NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets.
One quick aside before the basketball game = On the drive back to Memphis, and still in Arkansas, we noticed that the moon was a vibrant blood red. Very eerie.
I've been to many sports stadiums / arenas, but I don't think any of them are as spectacularly located as the FedEx Forum, right on Beale Street (a half block from the action).
My brother-in-law and I arrived a bit late, and had to buy tickets at the office, so after getting food and beers, the second quarter had already started. Lame, but as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, so it goes.
An approximation of our true view from the rafters.
#5 Marreese Speights was traded to Cleveland just a few weeks after this game. He led the team with 10 rebounds during the game. Also pictured are #11 Mike Conley and #22 Rudy Gay, the team captain.
Halftime entertainment = "the German Wheel." More impressive than it sounds.
Back to action, with a free throw.
Injury = Quincy Pondexter of the Grizzlies, with a knee injury.
Legendary boxer Roy Jones, Jr. happened to be taking in the game, and was apparently wrangled to pump up the crowd before the fourth quarter. It worked.
Still a very close game, with the Grizzlies having to make up for sloppy play in the first half.
The game was tied at 68, when Memphis (especially Rudy Gay) charged ahead with 10 straight points, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Chutzpah, or just team pride?
The arena is literally one block (and a very short block) to the left of where I shot this photo, on Beale Street.
W.C. Handy statue in W.C. Handy Park, on Beale Street.
Street entertainers are the norm on a Saturday night.
We hunkered down at a corner bar to listen to an excellent rock cover band.
Coming up = I'm going to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee... Stay tuned.