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- Grizzlies part-owner Justin Timberlake, the entertainer/actor and Memphis-area native, attended the team’s shoot-around Friday morning and was scheduled to sit courstside at Friday’s game. Timberlake joined the Grizzlies’ ownership group, headed by Robert Pera, founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Networks.
- Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur is scheduled to make his debut against the Lakers. Arthur had recovered from an Achilles injury that sidelined him eight months before fracturing his leg in a September pickup game. He had a small, non-displaced fracture. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said before the game he was excited to have one of the team’s top reserves available. Arthur signed a three-year deal during the offseason for slightly more than $9 million.
- The Lakers are expected to start Darius Morris at point guard with Steve Nash out for at least two more games recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his left leg. Steve Blake, normally the backup, is listed day-to-day with an abdominal strain.
- Hollins said regardless of who is coaching the Lakers, the offense doesn’t change. It always runs through Kobe Bryant. “It’s going to be Kobe Bryant right, Kobe Bryant left, Kobe Bryant down the middle.” Mike D’Antoni will be coaching his third game for the Lakers after replacing Mike Brown, who was fired after a 1-4 start.
– Marlon W. Morgan