New owner brings youthful buzz to the Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Conley says the Grizzlies' new owner doesn't look much older than he is. The Memphis guard is right.
Robert J. Pera, the Grizzlies' new chairman and majority owner, is only nine years older than his point guard. The 34-year-old California businessman is a fresh face from a much different generation than the Grizzlies' previous owner - 75-year-old billionaire Michael Heisley.
Pera is one of the youngest owners ever of a major professional sports team.
Mark Cuban was 41 when he bought the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, and Eddie DeBartolo became the youngest NFL owner ever when he took over the San Francisco 49ers at 30.
Pera's age might surprise some, but NBA Commissioner David Stern says he is a smart, driven businessman who happens to be a basketball junkie.