ACTION NEWS 5 RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES:
MEMPHIS, February 12, 2009 — The Memphis Grizzlies are giving NBA media members and fans alike that are attending All-Star weekend festivities the chance to see front and center what the city of Memphis has enjoyed all season, as three different O.J. Mayo billboards will debut in Phoenix for All-Star Weekend as part of Mayo’s Rookie of the Year campaign.
The billboards, which feature a larger than life Mayo and the tag line “”Welcome to the Show,” are being introduced in conjunction with the launch of voteoj.com. Mayo’s website includes interesting stats and testimonials about the USC product from coaches, players and media members that will be updated with new features to help garner media support throughout the guard’s run towards the 2009 Rookie of the Year.
“The great city of Memphis is fortunate enough to see O.J. Mayo every day, and we wanted to help share his basketball brilliance with the entire NBA community,” said Greg Campbell, Grizzlies President of Business Operations. “We decided that there would be no better place than Phoenix, with the national spotlight on All-Star Weekend to debut O.J.’s Rookie of the Year campaign.”
Mayo’s presence at All-Star weekend won’t only be seen on billboards from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the American Airlines Center, however. He is also set to participate in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Friday, February 13 and the H-O-R-S-E competition on All-Star Saturday Night.
The 6-4, 210-pound guard currently leads all rookies in scoring (19.3 ppg) and minutes (37.9 mpg) and is in the top five in four other major categories. With 22 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in Monday’s win vs. New Orleans, Mayo became one of only three rookies since the 2000-01 season, along with LeBron James and Al Horford, to record a 20-point, 15-rebound and five-assist performance.
The Rookie of the Year Award is selected by a panel of media members who cover the NBA on a daily basis. For more information, go to voteoj.com.