In their first scrimmage before thousands of their biggest critics, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted their fifth annual open practice, which allowed fans to watch Coach Mike Fratello run the team through a “game like” scrimmage and showcased the team’s new additions.
“You don’t get that many opportunities during the course of the season to break away from the routine an have what you would call an abnormal session and come interact with the people who are caring for the games through the entire season with their support,” Fratello told grizzlies.com after the scrimmage.
It was the first opportunity for Grizzlies fans to watch first round pick Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) play in a game situation, along with free agents Anthony Roberson, Kimani Ffriend, Kennedy Winston and second round pick Lawrence Roberts. Unfortunately, for the near 5,000 Grizzlies fans in attendance, Roberts was held out of the open practice due to a knee injury he is recuperating from.
The team was divided up with the white team playing the blue team. The white team, with Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Eddie Jones, Damon Stoudamire and Lorenzen Wright beat the blue team with Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, Dahntay Jones and Antonio Burks, 33-19 after the 20-minute scrimmage. Veterans Mike Miller and Brian Cardinal also did not participate as they were healing from nagging injuries.
On a lighter note, after the scrimmage ended, Battier introduced each of the rookies and training camp free agents to the crowd as each had to sing their college’s fight song for the crowds approval and disapproval.
Former University of Memphis basketball standout and former NBA veteran Elliot Perry was introduced at a press conference before the open practice as the team’s new minority owner. Perry took over the ownership of Memphian Charles Ewing, a part owner since the team moved to Memphis almost five years ago.
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