New dawn for Memphis in these playoffs

Updated: May 16, 2011, 3:51 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The final day of the Memphis Grizzlies' fairy-tale postseason began for Michael Heisley back in St. Patrick's Catholic Church near his home in suburban Chicago.

The NBA's most bashed owner not named Donald Sterling said he felt the need, no matter what was going to happen on this elimination Sunday, to register the most formal expression of gratitude he could muster before jumping on a flight to OKC.

"To thank God," Heisley said, "for what he's done ...

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