Anfernee Hardaway – member of NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies ownership group

Former NBA star Anfernee “Penny Hardaway” is among the owners of the NBA’s club Memphis Grizzlies, a club that recently got itself a new chairman, according to official NBA website.

The new chairman of the Grizzlies, Robert J. Pera said he “fully understands” that the people of Memphis really own the NBA team, even though he’s the controlling owner.

Pera introduced himself Monday morning along with the new chief executive officer of Memphis Basketball, LLC, the group that bought the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley for $377 million in a sale finalized last week. The 34-year-old former Apple engineer who started his own communications technology company in 2005 described himself as an NBA “super fan.”

“I believe it’s the greatest sport in the world just from a fan perspective, from a player’s perspective,” Pera said at Grizzlies’ press-conference.

Pera said he had been looking to buy a professional team and is happy to be part of the Grizzlies.

“Memphis as a city, it’s unbelievable. The people have been great. I can tell the community is really special, and those two things combined I consider myself very, very fortunate. Probably the luckiest man in the world right now.”

The Grizzlies are coming off two straight playoff appearances. They went 41-25 last season, setting a franchise-record with their 62.1 winning percentage and were the No. 4 seed in the West last season.

The press-conference introduced the new owners, a large group with at least 23 members listed Monday. Aside from Penny Hardaway, the group also includes entertainer Justin Timberlake, and Ashley Manning, wife of four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.


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