| Memphis Grizzlies HISTORY
Arena: Fedex Forum
Division Championships: none
NBA Titles: none
Best Season: 2012-13 56-26
Worst Season: 1998-99 8-42
The Grizzlies were the third NBA team to be in Canada. The first was the Toronto Huskies who were one of the first NBA teams and hosted the first ever NBA game in 1946. The Huskies only lasted one season and the NBA would not return to Canada for another half century.
Toronto was given another team in 1993 when the NBA awarded them the Raptors. The Grizzlies came into existance a few months later. Both teams began play during the 1995-96 NBA season.
When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis following the 2001 season, Fedex offered to pay the team $120 to change their name to the Express. Fedex wanted the name change because they are based out of Memphis. The NBA rejected the deal.
The Vancouver Grizzlies tried an unsuccessful attempt at creating a big 3 with Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Mike Bibby, and Shareef Abdul-Rahim.
The Memphis Grizzlies were much more successful with their big 3 pairing Mike Conley with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Jason Williams was a flashy but somewhat uncontrollable point guard who helped turn the Grizzlies around in the early 2000s.
The Grizzlies sometimes honor Memphis's first profession basketball team, the Memphis Sound of the ABA, who played in Memphis from 1972-75.
NBA Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson had a very short 3 game stint with the Grizzlies during his final NBA season. He is thus far the only Hall-of-Famer to ever wear a Grizzlies uniform.
The Greatest Teams To Never Win An NBA Title |
An often-debated topic among NBA circles is "Who is the greatest franchise in NBA history?". There are lots of very good teams to chose from. Could it be the team with the most NBA titles in 17, the Boston Celtics? Could it be the team with the most consistency in winning titles; the Los Angeles Lakers? Maybe it could be the most consistent team in terms of overall winning the San Antonio Spurs? The Warriors, Bulls, and 76ers also get honorable mentions. All these teams have one thing in common - multiple NBA titles.
One thing not often discussed is who is the greatest NBA franchise who has never won a title? The list is actually quite short, as only eleven NBA teams have yet to win an NBA title. Five of those teams to never win a title are recent having just joined the NBA in the past 35 years. Six of the eleven teams have yet to even make an NBA-finals.
Three of the four teams from the ABA have never won an NBA title, though the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets have both gotten close