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Unusual Way Hoops Player Got A Job

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Unusual Way Hoops Player Got A Job, Every week, Memphis Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace visits the “Chris Vernon Show” on 730 AM, Yahoo! Sports Radio in Memphis, and it’s a fascinating listen. Wallace is candid and engaging and a little off the rails at times, an interesting guest that stands out in a league full of tight-lipped personnel chiefs that either can’t confirm nor deny, or attempt to negotiate through the media. And on Wednesday’s show (a week removed from refusing to comment in the slightest on his team’s interest in the player), Wallace admitted to getting the idea for Memphis’ Gilbert Arenas signing from the blog Three Shades of Blue.

Here’s Wallace’s surprising confession:

“I’m going to admit this, I’m going to come clean. I’ll be honest about it, okay? … I’m in the office of [President of Business Operations] Greg Campbell, he says, ‘You outta read this thing that’s on a blog today.’ And I don’t read the blogs, but this guy wrote this case for Gilbert Arenas, and I read the thing and said ‘Greg, you know something? This guy makes some sense.’

“I thought about it and said, you know, we gotta look into it a little further.

“So I called his agent up. I’m willing to admit it – I pride myself on being open-minded – and you look at the finances involved, and the group of players involved, and why not?”

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