From a Grizzlies perspective; Hattiesburg isn't too bad. I will be 300 miles from Memphis with many friends and family still living in Memphis - thus free place to stay when I come home.
The big bonus is that New Orleans is only 100 miles away. So I can catch the Grizzlies twice a year in nola. which has its benefits.
and another great thing is that league pass broad band won't black out grizz games - so i won't have any need for cable tv
But yes, career first.
grizz 2nd,3rd,and sometimes 4th.
Tokyo and Grizz aren't a good mix. But I would share like to visit Japan one day. Hong Kong would be wild as well. Best of luck