I don’t know if I’ve ever really put this out there, but I’m a huge Justin Timberlake fan. I’ve seen him in concert twice and NSYNC once. I bought both of his records the day they dropped. I saw “Friends with Benefits” in the theater on purpose. Once, when I was in high school, I signed an autograph as Timberlake in the food court of the Fox Valley Mall because my hair looked like this, which is just enough to fool some stupid 8-year-old girl who is probably reading this right now and learning that her most prized possession is a complete fake. I should maybe be ashamed to admit any of this but I’m not. At all.
All of which is to say, this crossover is very relevant to my interests. From ESPN:
Robert Pera, prospective new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has recruited a famous Memphian to be part of his ownership group: Justin Timberlake.
Sources with knowledge of the arrangement said Thursday that Timberlake, one of the NBA’s most prominent celebrity fans and a Memphis native, has committed to joining Pera’s team of minority partners as the sale of the franchise from Michael Heisley to the 34-year-old technology magnate nears completion.
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.
Hopefully the sale goes through. And hopefully this leads to a wholesale re-imagining of the Grizzlies franchise, just like what has happened with Jay-Z and the Nets.
In a world that is perfectly in sync (nailed it) with my vision, upon Justin Timberlake assuming ownership, the Grizzlies would become an immensely entertaining and successful team, while also enjoying a surprising amount of critical success for their grownup approach to team building. The stands would be filled with shirts that say “Like I Love My Grizzlies” and when the team defeated their rivals, the Britney Spears-owned New Orleans Hornets, “Cry Me a River” signs would permeate the crowd. Then, just when you thought they’d reached their peak, they’d kick things in to overdrive and become a sophisticated, innovative franchise that’s widely hailed as the most exciting and best basketball team in the league. They’d get new uniforms, which would land them on GQ’s list of best dressed teams. An astounding number of beautiful starlets in their respective primes would instantly become Grizzlies fans. The players would even get away with wearing fedoras kind of too much. It would be boom times for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Unfortunately, this is when the Grizzlies would suddenly abandon what made them so popular and start requesting to play Saturday night games all the time. Then, instead of devoting themselves to sound basketball decisions and expanding on their previous successes, they’d start making viral videos. Exclusively. People would be OK with it for a while, because they’d actually be surprisingly not terrible, but when it became obvious that the team wasn’t really interested in being the biggest and best basketball team any more, fans would kind of be confused while simultaneously holding out hope that they’d return to that basketball mindset. Fans would treat every bit of Grizzlies-returning-to-basketball news with a sense of “This is it!” wonder, even though they’re extremely skeptical that it could be true. Sometimes, just for fun, they’d put on Grizzlies championship DVDs, just to remember the good times. It’d still be fun to be a Grizzlies fan, but it’d be different.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, everything is just rumors and speculation. Nonetheless, I’m very excited that in the near futuresex/lovesounds (nailed it again) there could realistically be NBA teams that are owned by Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake. If we can just figure out a way for Vin Diesel to get a piece of the Pistons, the most logical fit for the star of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, things will be perfect.