Thursday update

Memphis-related draft results:

  • Former Tigers center James Wiseman was selected with the number 3 pick by the Golden State Warriors. That was where he expected and wanted to go. Get ready for Steph, Klay, Dray, and Big Ticket next season.
  • Former Tigers power forward Precious Achiuwa was selected number 20 by the Miami Heat. Geoff Calkins of the DM notes that although he fell a few places below expectations, Miami is the perfect place to develop a player like Achiuwa.
  • The Grizzlies traded two future second-round picks to the Boston Celtics to move up to #30 and selected 6’5″ TCU shooting guard Desmond Bane with the final first-round pick.
  • The Grizzlies traded a future second-rounder and the 2020 #40 pick to Sacramento to select 6’9″ Michigan State center Xavier Tillman. Jaren Jackson Jr. went to college with Tillman and is said to be ecstatic about his former teammate joining him in Beale Street Blue.

Downtown Wiseacre’s taproom will soon house a pizza and snack bar called Little Bettie, the latest brainchild of Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Parker Rose will run the kitchen. He was Hog & Hominy’s pizza chef, and Downtowners will remember him as the original pizza chef at the Silly Goose.

From the CA: Where to get a free meal this Thanksgiving

People who shopped using Amazon Smile donated $10 million to St. Jude last year, and I’m proud to report I was one of them. It’s easy to set up, and Amazon makes a donation to St. Jude (or other charity of your choice) every time you shop with them.

Handy Park at B.B. King and Beale will host A Holly Jolly Holiday Celebration 4:30-6:30 PM December 4 and 11. Santa will be available for pictures in his socially distanced snowglobe, and there will be hot chocolate and holiday music in the newly renovated park. Anyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask.

From the Memphis Business Journal: What you need to know about Ray Brown, the man who will soon run DMC.

One more reminder to follow the City of Memphis on Facebook to get a notification when the noon COVID-19 task force press conference is about to begin. This could be a big press conference for all the wrong reasons. “People are too stupid to wear masks and stay home when they have symptoms, so we’re going to punish restaurants and gyms” is going to be the message, I’m afraid. Government bureaucrats have to be able to say they did something.

Daniel Masters, owner of Silly Goose, was interviewed by Fox 13, where he quite correctly pointed out that the going-out crowd won’t stop going out if the bars are shut down. They’ll go to house parties instead, where there will be no enforcement of COVID regulations whatsoever.

Tonight is the Mighty Wurlitzer Homecoming at the Orpheum. This is a free show and there will be social distanced seating.

Worth a click just for the photo: Man arrested after stealing $12 of incense. I can’t figure out which one he is, Violent J or Shaggy 2 Dope.

Construction on the Loews convention center hotel Downtown has been put on hold because of the pandemic. COVID RUINS EVERYTHING.

Tug’s will be open for Thanksgiving, unless the health department says otherwise:

That’s it for this post. We will wait and see what the COVID task force says. Possibly back this afternoon with more news.