Heisley says he never bought the Grizzlies intending to move them from Vancouver

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heisley says he never bought the Grizzlies intending to move them from Vancouver

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But occasionally, very occasionally, Heisley does think about Vancouver and wonder how things might have turned out if now was then.

When Heisley bailed on Vancouver, the Canadian dollar had sunk as low as 67 cents. It's now nearly at par with its American counterpart and the city has prospered in the last decade, successfully hosting the Winter Olympics.

Heisley, who has visited Vancouver a half-dozen times since moving the team, has noticed the changes.

"I think the dollar would have helped tremendously," Heisley said in an interview this week. "Would it have made it then? I think it would have. Absolutely. I think it was a perfect storm, but how did I know when the Canadian dollar was going to get back to par. My only question would be whether the community would ever have supported both of them [the Grizzlies and Canucks] the way they are now supporting the hockey team."

Heisley maintains he lost something north of $40 million in his one year in Vancouver. Nearly a decade later he's still losing money in Memphis, but not nearly as much of it.

"I don't like to fail and I consider that one of the biggest failures in my career," he said of his decision to move the team from Vancouver. "But I make the decisions based on what the facts are when I make the decisions. I have made a lot of decisions in my business career and if I sit back and sort of look back and say I wish ... I can't afford to do that or I would be miserable. My point is you make the best decision you can make, it was very painful for me to make that decision, it was very painful because I know a lot of people who had counted on me felt like I had let them down."

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Old 05-12-2010, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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interesting. I find what he is saying hard to believe nonetheless. Like maybe he briefly considered wanting to keep them in Vancouver and then thought moving them was the easy way out. It's not like he game Vancouver much time at all to see things through.

I think a lot of this talk is just him trying to restore his reputation. I mean honestly, the community supported the Grizzlies rather well in Vancouver - especially in light of the fact that it was one of the poorest run teams ever. I don't know the numbers, but i reckon the Grizzlies were better supported in Vancouver than in Memphis.
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Business men make money.

It was a money decision.

He was losing money and everyone knew it.

He would probably go back, but I guarantee the league would have none of it.
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Michael Heisley is a fucking asshole...

I loved the Grizzles...and he took it away from me and thousands of fans in BC...

FUCK YOU Michael Heisley...
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Michael Heisley is a fucking asshole...

I loved the Grizzles...and he took it away from me and thousands of fans in BC...

FUCK YOU Michael Heisley...
Yeah, it was all his fault!??
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Yeah, it was all his fault!??
He owned the team, he bought the team, he moved the team.

While it may not of been ALL of his fault, he is pretty culpable.

And I agree with SJ, it was a business decision. However, with the changing demographics of that city, the rise of the dollar and no pacific northwest team beyond Portland, it's a pretty sweet location right now to move a team to.

Seattle, once they get a new building, will get a team back.
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xactly, he clearly admits he was wrong and i be he'd go back if he could.
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Yeah, it was all his fault!??
who else would i blame?
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He owned the team, he bought the team, he moved the team.

While it may not of been ALL of his fault, he is pretty culpable.

And I agree with SJ, it was a business decision. However, with the changing demographics of that city, the rise of the dollar and no pacific northwest team beyond Portland, it's a pretty sweet location right now to move a team to.
Seattle, once they get a new building, will get a team back.
if they could have put a near .500 team, they would be in the position the rartors are right now with mlse...they were just soo fucking awful...you dont need much for fans to show up here, just something...
and when they took away the Sonics, it was like throwing salt in an open wound, at least i could watch some live nab games...i would love to see a team back in seattle...
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xactly, he clearly admits he was wrong and i be he'd go back if he could.
NBA hates Canada...
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