This Saturday September 28th, 2013 we will see the one on one exhibition matchup that Memphians have been anticipating for weeks between Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera and Memphis Grizzlies 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team Guard Tony Allen. Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph will be the referee in this matchup.
This all started a few weeks ago when Pera laid out the challenge to Tony on twitter and which he gladly accepted and to donate $100,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ever since Robert Pera’s introduction press conference on November 5th, 2012 we’ve been wondering what kind of basketball skills Pera has. He told the media that day he can dunk and maybe Memphis fans will see this on Saturday. We’ve also seen the workouts he’s posted on his twitter page with Mike Miller and Landry Fields.
So many questions are going to be answered on Saturday. Will we see Robert Pera dunk? What kind of jumper does he have? How many arm sleeve pads will he wear? I wonder how easy Tony Allen will go on him. Allen is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA today. There’s no doubt The Grindfather can “shut the water down” on Pera but how many points he will let him score considering Pera is the owner of the team. If Pera can score 5-10 on Allen I will be completely shocked. If he can shoot from the 3-point range do the Grizzlies need to sign him immediately? I just hope Coach Dave Joerger talks to Tony Allen beforehand and tell him to go easy and not cause an injury right before training camp. What kind of officiating skills will Z-Bo have in this matchup? Will he be a Joey Crawford type of official or a Tony Brothers perhaps? Let’s hope Zach calls this matchup straight down the middle.
I’m really impressed with Robert Pera’s decision to do this and being able to express more with the Grizzlies fans. Pera is showing in my opinion that he is a fan first. You don’t see many owners in professional sports doing something like this. Pera may not be able to attend every game with his busy schedule but he is clearly showing that he has faith in this team that they can accomplish great things and as well as have fun with them before the season starts. This is such a great marketing campaign by the Memphis Grizzlies organization to kick off the 2013-2014 season and it all goes to a great cause for a great organization at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I’m looking forward to this matchup and everyone needs to check it out on Grizzlies.com this Saturday.