Pop singer Justin Timberlake is teaming up with well-known film director and screenwriter Craig Brewer to release a film called “Memphis to the Bone.”
The film premiered on Grizzlies.com at 11:30 Monday morning, and WMC Action News 5 learned it was all about Marc Gasol.
Brewer and Timberlake are both from the Memphis area.
Many said the video is a clever push to try to keep Gasol in Memphis.
“Marc is Memphis,” Timberlake said in the video. “He goes to work. He grits; he grinds.”
Gasol is a free agent and the bidding war to claim him begins Wednesday.
“We wouldn’t mind keeping our guy on,” said Grizzlies fan James Webb. “The great Gasol done taught us all.”
Gasol was an All-Star this year and is arguably the NBA’s best center after making the NBA All-Pro team.
“Memphis definitely needs him,” said Grizzlies fan Ezra Wheeler. “I think he’s the greatest center in the league and don’t want to lose that.”
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If the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies ever need to send someone to host Saturday Night Live, they will have quite a dilemma on their hands. Among its minority owners, the team now counts both Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning–both of whom have turned in stellar appearances as SNL host.
According to a report from Memphis radio host Chris Vernon, Manning has just agreed to become part owner of the Grizzlies:
— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) October 4, 2012
Manning, of course, attended college in Tennessee and is still pretty much a god in the state. Timberlake is also from Memphis, as is former NBA player Penny Hardaway (also a part owner). Majority owner Robert Pera has made local investment in the team a strong priority.
Though there were rumors that the Grizzlies could be on the move (the team was originally based in Vancouver, Canada and moved to Memphis in 2001), Pera recently agreed to a series of provisions that will, essentially, lock the Grizzlies in Memphis for at least 15 years.
Though neither Manning nor Timberlake may bring the kind of cache to the team that Jay-Z brings to the Brooklyn Nets as (very small) part owner, the two men are undeniably stars and their involvement will certainly help to put the Grizzlies on the map from a national perspective.