Vancouver Grizzlies 96-01

Memphis Grizzlies 01-04

Memphis Grizzlies HISTORY

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Quick facts:

Founded:                     1996  
Arena:                       Fedex Forum
Division Championships:      none
NBA Titles:                  none
Playoffs:                    9

Best Season:                 2012-13  56-26
Worst Season:                1998-99   8-42

Oh Canada!
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.


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