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Grizz fans impressed by new owner

Robert Pera (left) and Jason Levien (right) Robert Pera (left) and Jason Levien (right)

(WMC-TV) – Grizzlies fans are impressed by the new owner, and his group of supporters.

As Robert Pera addressed the media at the FedExForum Monday morning, fans watched and listened.

"We're season ticket holders and have been forever. And we went to the first press conference when Mr. Heisley bought the team. We said we gotta keep it up," said Nancy and Richard Mattox, Grizzlies fans.

The Mattox family has stuck with it through a lean 11 years and expect a recent upward trend to continue.

"I think they have Memphis in their future. I believe they're gonna make us winners possibly even get to the championship one day. Maybe not this year but soon," they said.

"Oh yes, and they wanna compete and they don't look at this team as a small market. They look like they can compete with anybody. So that's very important to me," said Grizzlies fan Phillip Dean.

The pressure is on and it is only day one.

Robert Pera says he will soon assess the situation.

"Jason and I really need to look at the team to see what we could do to improve it but I don't think that's too far off. It's gonna take a couple smart moves and I think it could be very competitive," said Pera.

Only time will tell, but fans who showed up at the FedExForum lobby say they believe.

"I am a long time Grizzlies fan, one of those women that loves and understands basketball and we are so impressed with their commitment to the team and also to the city," said Nancy Mattox.

The Grizzlies home-opener tips off again the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m.

They ask for a big turnout to welcome Robert Pera and his group to town.

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