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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Kevin King Packers Jersey . -- Beale Street had never hosted this kind of celebration before. Thats because the Memphis Grizzlies?never had a high-priced free agent say yes. Chandler Parsons ended that drought for the Grizzlies, agreeing to come to Memphis on a four-year maximum deal worth more than $94 million.The franchise wanted its fans to share in the joy of Parsons arrival, so they turned his introductory news conference into a festival, lining up food trucks outside FedEx Forum and inviting the public into the plaza to welcome Parsons.This is the guy weve been seeking for a number of years, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said as Parsons sat by his side and smiled, sporting a skinny-fitting plum suit and dark blue loafers with no socks. He fits the description for that perimeter star to a T that weve been searching so aggressively for for so many years.?Why did Parsons choose Memphis? What will be different from his injury-marred, disappointing, two-season stint with the Dallas Mavericks? How will the part-time model fit with the Grizzlies gritty culture? During a conversation with ESPN.com, Parsons talked about his official introduction to Memphis -- while chowing down a burger and fries.ESPN: Should it be Grit, Grind n Glamour now that youre with the Grizzlies?Parsons: No, I dont think so. Grit n Grind is something that this core group of guys with Marc [Gasol], Mike [Conley], Z-Bo [Zach Randolph] and Tony [Allen]?have established here. Its something special. Its in their DNA, and its in their culture and in this community. Maybe not by looking at me -- I kind of have the pretty-boy tag -- but thats not me. I compete, I play hard, Im tough. Thats kind of how I got my niche in the league, doing all the dirty things. Playing under Kevin McHale, I was taught from my rookie year to take charges, dive on the floor.As my career has progressed, Ive changed a little bit, but thats who I am as well. I think you add a guy like me whos hungry and willing to take the big shot and really be the versatile forward that this teams been missing. I think my game really complements their game and vice versa. Grit n Grind or not, I think were going to mesh very, very well together, and I think those guys are a perfect group of players to play with me.ESPN: Theyve established a very tough, physical identity. What do you think you can bring to Memphis that the Grizzlies havent had?Parsons: I think I can just bring that forward who can ... make big plays and score and, like I said, can take the big shot and play off those other four guys. Im very unselfish. Im very versatile. I think I can make those guys better, as well as they can make me better. I can stretch the floor and shoot when we go big with the two big guys inside, and I can get out and run and play the 4 when we go small. I think I just help them with more of a versatile look.ESPN: You had max offers and meetings with the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies in the first 24 hours of free agency. You committed to Memphis on the spot after that meeting. Why Memphis over Portland?Parsons: It was a very, very tough decision. I have nothing but respect for Portland and what theyre doing, and I think they have a tremendous future. This really just came down to a gut feeling of mine. I felt extremely comfortable with the management and coach [David] Fizdale. We hit it off right away. We had a past relationship with him being my coach in the Rookie-Sophomore game, and I actually randomly saw him in Orlando with my parents and stopped and talked to him for like 30 minutes when he was still with Miami.Just looking at his body of work with what hes done with wings in the league and his vision for me, it just felt right. It basically came down to me being comfortable and trusting the coaching staff. They made unbelievable points about how my usage rate has been down my entire career. The way hes going to use me in this offense, I think I can really flourish and be the best player I can be.ESPN: You felt the same way going to Dallas, and that role never really materialized like you envisioned. Why do you think it didnt happen in Dallas and why will it be different in Memphis?Parsons: I was only there two years. The first year was about getting my feet wet. We had good scorers with Monta [Ellis] and Dirk [Nowitzki]?doing their thing, and I kind of just tried to fill a role and do anything I can. Obviously, I was sidelined with unfortunate injuries, which was completely out of my control. But I never really had the opportunity, the keys to the offense. I loved playing for coach [Rick] Carlisle. He was very, very good for me, and we have a special relationship that will continue even though Im not playing there, and learning from a guy like Dirk was great.But this just seems like a new, fresh start for me. I have a young head coach that is a huge fan of my game and is just simply looking at numbers and seeing that my usage rate hasnt been up. If you look at guys whose [production] compares to mine, comparing usage rate numbers, mines extremely low. I think [Fizdale] is going to obviously bump that up, and with the personnel thats on the roster right now for Memphis, its a perfect fit. Well be able to play off each other very well. Coach Fizdales system, the way he coached guys like LeBron [James]?and [Dwyane] Wade and Joe Johnson in Atlanta, thats how I want to be coached. Thats how he sees me.ESPN: Are you disappointed that the Mavericks -- and especially Mark Cuban, considering your relationship -- didnt really make much of an effort to keep you?Parsons: It was more shocking. It is a business and I understand that aspect of it. I think the fans of Dallas were great, but they dont really understand the whole story of everything. If they did, they wouldnt have negative feelings towards me. Everything I did in Dallas was for the team and for the organization and for the city. Whether thats recruiting DeAndre Jordan, putting my absolute heart into that, although it didnt work, that was to make our franchise better and to help us win games. Getting hurt two times, thats just bad luck. Its kind of sickening when you see fans write something about your injuries or my knees, like thats in my control.I obviously wish things went a little bit differently in Dallas and that I was healthy and able to play in the playoffs, but like I said, everything Ive done for them, whether it was coming off the bench or getting hurt or recruiting, that was all for [the fans]. I have no bad feelings toward them. I obviously thought I was going to be in Dallas a lot longer than I was, but its a business and Mark has to make decisions. He makes mostly all of them, so this was on him.ESPN: People look at you and see you as a Hollywood kind of guy, a guy who enjoys the nightlife and being around celebrities and that sort of thing. What made Memphis a fit?Parsons: This is a perfect example of how people can be misunderstood and misjudged. This decision was clearly based on basketball and fit and me being comfortable. I think its kind of strange when players get knocked for having off-the-court marketing deals. I enjoy that kind of stuff, but at the same time, I understand that I dont have any of that without basketball. Me making this decision to come to Memphis should show everybody that basketball is obviously my No. 1 priority. I think we have something special here and were going to win here. All the other stuff comes after that. Hollywood or pretty boy, whatever, I just made a decision to come to the grit n grind city of Memphis for a reason. Thats to play basketball and win.ESPN: You had a lot of conversations with Mike Conley during the free-agency process. You were in the position to be recruited instead of doing the recruiting. What did he tell you that might have helped sell you on Memphis?Parsons: First of all, that he was coming back to Memphis, that that was a done deal. That was a big point for me. I wanted him here, for me to know before going into the meeting [with the Grizzlies]. He was just honest. He told me about the city, told me about the culture, told me about how unbelievable the fans are here. Its just a match. Hes one of those guys thats just such an unselfish, hard-nosed, tough player that Ive always respected my whole career. Im just glad Ive got a chance now to have him as the leader of this team.ESPN: Grizzlies fans are excited because youre the biggest free agent who has picked Memphis. Theyve got the hashtag #Chose901. Can you get other guys next summer and in the years down the road to join you here?Parsons: This season is going to tell a lot. Obviously, we have to compete and we have to win. Its got to be a good situation for free agents to come here. Just because I have a reputation for being a recruiter doesnt mean that guys are automatically going to come here, but if we win at a high level, then I think it puts Memphis in that destination spot. Although guys might like the bright lights and big cities, youre in the NBA to play basketball and compete for championships. I think we have a really, really good core here. We have an unbelievable coaching staff. Now we just have to put it all together. Josh Jones Packers Jersey . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Kevin King Youth Jersey .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. http://www.packersproshopfootball.com/Youth-Montravius-Adams-Elite-Jersey/ .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Former cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck is returning to the ring two months later than he had hoped.Germanys Huck will face Dmytro Kucher, of Ukraine, in a scheduled 12-round bout for a minor title on Nov. 19 at TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, promoter Kenan Hukic announced at a news conference on Monday.Huck was supposed to face Englands Ovill McKenzie on Sept. 24 at the Festhalle Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, but the fight was canceled four days beforehand when McKenzie withdrew, claiming he was ill.The 31-year-old Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) will face Kucher (24-1-1, 18 KOs), 32, who won the European cruiserweight title in his most recent bout when he knocked out former world titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli in the first round on June 10.The last time I fought in Hannover was June 3, 2006, against an opponent [Nuri Seferi] from Switzerland, Huck said at the news conference. The crowd cheered me on and I won comfortably. Hence, I was very excited to be fighting here again. I chose an extremely difficult opponent in Kucher. I am convinced that a knockout is guaranteed. We have two strong punchers facing each other. We will just start hitting one another. Ass long as I have prepared well, I know I am the better out of the two of us. Kevin King Jersey. Huck will be seeking his second win in a row since Polands Krzysztof Glowacki took his world title in a major upset in August 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. He rallied for an 11th-round knockout to keep Huck from breaking the all-time division record for title defenses. Huck entered the fight tied with Englands Johnny Nelson for the most title defenses (13) in division history.Huck rebounded in February to knock out rival Ola Afolabi in the 10th round of their fourth meeting.I am preparing for the toughest fight of my career, Kucher said. This will be the first fight in Germany for me, so I am excited. But it doesnt really matter to me if Im fighting at home or abroad. I see this as a 50-50 fight. Everything is possible. Marco has a strong will, character and is tough. He has everything a champion needs.Huck-Kucher will air on German terrestrial network RTL, which Hukic said drew 4.38 million viewers for Hucks February bout against Afolabi. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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