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Grizzlies to hold free Open Practice, Dec. 18

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MEMPHIS, December 9, 2011 – The Grizzlies are set to open their doors and give fans a look at the 2011-12 Grizzlies as they take the FedExForum floor at a free Open Practice on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1-2 p.m.  Although a donation is not required for entry, the Grizzlies are asking all fans attending the Open Practice to donate a book benefiting MIFA’s Holiday Hope Chest.

The Open Practice will give Grizz Nation a glimpse of this year’s squad that will look to build off last season’s thrilling run when the club won its first-ever postseason series and advanced to Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. With a returning core of players, Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins will run a team scrimmage that will give fans a sneak peek of the excitement that will be taking place at FedExForum during the 2011-12 campaign. 

MVP Season Ticket Holders will want to come early, as the Grizzlies will be holding an exclusive State of the Franchise chalk talk on the Main Court from 11 a.m.-noon.  During the State of the Franchise, Grizzlies faithful will have the chance to hear from and ask question to Grizzlies Owner Michael Heisley, General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace and Head Coach Lionel Hollins before the team hits the court. 

MVP Season Ticket Holders can RSVP for the State of the Franchise by either contacting your Account Executive at (901) 888-HOOP or online at rsvp@grizzlies.com by Friday, Dec. 16.

Following the team’s Open Practice and scrimmage, players, coaches and front office staff will sign autographs and talk with fans about the upcoming season.

Doors open for the State of the Franchise at 10:30 a.m. and for Open Practice at 12:30 p.m. 

Grizzlies 2011-12 Season Tickets and Power Packs are on sale now. Grizzlies Season Tickets start at just $10 per game with