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Owner defends Grizzlies' trades, commitment to win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
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Pera called the deal bringing Davis an added bonus and said he believes Levien and the front office has done an outstanding job to position Memphis for playoff success this year. Memphis has reached the playoffs each of the last two seasons and made its deepest run in 2011 to the seventh game of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City with Gay injured.

"We can do some serious damage in these playoffs," Pera wrote.

A former Apple engineer, Pera founded Ubiquiti Networks, a California communications technology company that makes WiFi networking equipment. He shared the news that new equipment is being added to the FedExForum to improve WiFi during games for fans.

Asked what has surprised him the most about being an NBA owner, Pera called the power of the media an "eye-opener."

"In today's world, social networking has enabled information to disseminate quickly, and in a vacuum, even inaccurate information and misunderstandings can spread fast," Pera wrote.

Pera said his business style is substance as an engineer and not a salesman or talker. Pera wrote he prefers to let results speak for themselves. But he did try to send a message to season ticket holders about his commitment to the Grizzlies.

"Although I am not one to speak out much or actively seek publicity, I want Memphians to know that what I want more than anything is to position this team to be wildly successful and do well by the city of Memphis both in the short and long term," Pera wrote.

Pera knows the Grizzlies have been heavily scrutinized for these moves with the new owner and changes in the front office.

"Although the way we get there might contradict traditional thought, we are both committed to building something great in Memphis that will hopefully set a new standard for how to run an NBA franchise successfully," Pera wrote.