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Grizzlies pushing to expand fan base past Memphis

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By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies don't want to just be Memphis' team anymore, they want to cast as wide a net as possible in building their fan base.

Memphis is the only NBA team for hundreds of miles, so the Grizzlies are looking east to Nashville, south into Mississippi, west to Arkansas and north to St. Louis. It's why they went on a promotional trip into five cities and three states last month. The push also is why the Grizzlies opened their training camp Tuesday in Nashville at Vanderbilt University.

Chief executive officer Jason Levien says taking advantage of being the only NBA team in this region is important for both the team's growth and staying competitive in the league.

The Grizzlies cap five days in Nashville with an open practice Saturday.

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