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Justin Timberlake may be part of new Grizzlies ownership

Sep 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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Justin Timberlake has lived a charmed life, and I say that in spite of him having been in a boy band. I say that by looking at the list of women he has dated (Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, all the way back to Britney Spears. And that’s the partial list.)

Timberlake is also a basketball fan — he says a basketball junkie — who is a regular at Lakers games.

Now, how about some Grizzlies games?

Timberlake, a Memphis native, may be part of the new Grizzlies ownership group of Silicon Valley Robert Pera, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that Timberlake and Pera have quickly struck up a friendship, with one source adding that the singer/actor is making “a meaningful investment into the team” and “plans to be active” with the Grizzlies. The league office, sources said, has been made aware of Timberlake’s proposed involvement and is already well acquainted with him after inviting the self-proclaimed basketball junkie to participate in various celebrity games at All-Star Weekend.

Pera is bringing in a few other partners, including a local Memphis group that will own up to a third of the team. That is smart and helps squelch the “he just wants to move the team” talk. Well, that and the rock-solid lease the team has.

The league is still going through the due process on the $350 million sale of the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley to Pera. While reports have circulated that struggles of Pera’s company Ubiquiti Networks have threatened the sale, everyone close to the talks says that is not the case. You can bet the league is considering that, but so far the sale is on track. Bringing in other investors can help with that money issue, too.

Plus, a little star power never hurts.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Wow, N Sync to own part of an NBA franchise. Never in a million years….

    Wonder what local Memphis group is coming in with him…8 Ball and MJG? 3 6 Mafia?

    BTW, JT, that’s one HELL of a list of ex’s you got there buddy!! When your “ugly” ex is Brittney Spears in her prime, you’ve lived a good life! lol!

    • blaksteele - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      That has to be the 1st ever 8Ball and MJG reference on this site. Love it.

    • floacist - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Nothing wrong with being in a boyband if you were in a group that was talented and sold a ton of records like Nsync.

      As I recall he’s been to a few non Lakers games before. He never dated Scarlett Johansson though. You’re thinking of the music video for “What Goes Around (Comes Around)” that she starred in.

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Take the risk, just don’t come looking for a bail out when you realize this isn’t like the franchise mode on NBA2K12!

  3. mazblast - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    “Plus, a little star power never hurts.”

    Very little. IMO Timberlake is known more for the women he’s dated than for his own accomplishments. There’s a word for people like that, but I won’t use it here.

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