Postcard from Memphis

MEMPHIS — Hello from Memphis, where it’s warm enough to feel like home. The sun felt good after a couple of frigid days in Minneapolis. I’ve always thought of basketball as a summer sport that’s played in the winter for some strange reason. Of course, living most of my life in Southern California means playing pick-up games outdoors year-round. Anyhow, Memphis is home to Graceland and Beale Street and the Memphis Tigers. The Grizzlies have been a tough fit here, moving here from Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2001. Vancouver is one of the great cities of the world. Memphis, with apologizes to Elvis and B.B. King, is not in Vancouver’s class. Good BBQ, though. The Grizzlies are on an 11-game losing streak that’s probably going to hit 12 by night’s end.

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