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Memphis Grizzlies history is a remarkable one.
The game of basketball is truly one of the most amazing thing that has happened to man ever since 1891 when the first game was played. Basketball is a team sport; involves two teams of five players that try to score by shooting a ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there is a hoop at each end of the court.
With over 2 billion fans, Basketball stands among the top three most popular sports in the world. The game of basketball has produced several outstanding players like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Stephen Curry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, Kobe Bryant and many
more. Governed by Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the game of basketball has reached all continents in the world, has made impacts and has carved a name for itself in the sands of time.

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Like most sports, it is played at the international level and at the club level. The National Basketball Association (NBA) in North America is responsible for one of the four major professional sports league in the United States and Canada. Like football, it is considered to be the premier league of basketball. It is composed of 30 teams which includes teams like Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers etc.
We won’t be looking at all the teams in the NBA today, instead our focus is on THE GRIZZLIES

Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. They compete in the NBA as a member under the Western Conference Southwest division of the league. They play their homes games at FedExForum. Currently the Grizzlies stand as the only team based in Memphis playing professionally in North America’s major sports league and also the only professional basketball team in the state of Tennesse.
Big ups to them.
Grizzlies is owned by Robert Pera, with Jason Wexler and Zachary Kleiman as the President and General Manager respectively. The team colors are Memphis midnight blue, steel gray, gold and Beale street blue. In the 2019-20 season, Memphis Grizzlies stand at 8th on the league table, having won 32 games and lost 33.

Let’s dig into the history of The Grizzlies
They were founded in 1995 under the name Vancouver Grizzlies along with the Toronto Raptors back when NBA extended their reach into Canada. Originally named Vancouver Grizzlies, the team was based in Vancouver, British Columbia and were a part of the Midwest Division of NBA’s Western Conference. They played their homes games at General Motors Place which is now knowns as ROGERS ARENA. They played all six seasons there before becoming Memphis Grizzlies.
So what did happen?
1995-2001
Being an extension team, the Grizzlies struggled in their early years. It wasn’t quite rosy for the team as they finished last in the division in five of its entire six seasons having won 101 games from a total of 460 games and never made it to the playoffs. The Grizzlies were denied early draft picks being an expansion team but managed to secure Shareef Abdul-Rahim in the 1996 draft. However, their luck still didn’t change. In 199, they had to trade Steve Francis who refused to play after he was selected as their second pick.
The 1998-99 lock out saw the franchise lose a lot of money and was eventually sold to Michael Heisley and subsequently moved to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2001-02 season. In the space of six years, Vancouver had 5 head coaches and two team mangers.


The Gasol brothers of Memphis Grizzlies

Highlights of The Six Seasons
The Grizzlies’ first official contest was against the Portland Trail Blaizers; both the first and following game against the Timberwolves was won. Sadly, the team followed up by losing 19 straight games and later set the NBA single-season record 0f 23 straight losses.
In the 1996 draft, Sharref Abdur-Rajeem was selected by third overall by the Grizzies. He made an immediate impact becoming the team’s leading scorer and also setting a franchise record of 18.7 points per game. He finished third in the balloting for NBA’s Rookie of the Year and made it to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. That season saw them finish as the worst in the league despite their acquisitions. Head Coach, Brian Winters was replaced by Stu Jackson who took charge for the remainder of the season.
The 1997-98 season saw the team win 19 games, placing sixth in the division and 25th in the overall league. Ahead of the 1998-99 season, they signed free agent Cherokee Parks and got Felipe Lopez and Carl Herrera in a trade. During the 1998-99 season Abdur-Rahim elevated his performance to 23.0ppg.
1999-2000 saw the team ending with 22 wins and 60 losses after Lionel Hollins took over. Hollins was relieved of his duties following the 1999-2000 season but later served as head coach later after their move to Memphis, making him their coach on three separate occasions.
The team’s final game as Vancouver Grizzlies was a 95-81 win against the Golden State Warriors on April 18, 2001. Sidney Lowe was hired as head coach for their final season and despite finished with a franchise best of 23 wins and 59 losses, they finished last in the divison.

Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis Grizzlies
A financial lockout that took place in 1998 miraculously became a turning point for this team. The Grizzlies were sold in September 1999 by John McCaw Jr who initially wished to move the team to St. Louis.
An interference by NBA led the team into the hand of Chicago-based Michael Heisley for US$160MILLION. The Vancouver Grizzlies applied to the NBA to relocate on March 26, 2001 and the NBA Board of Governors on July 3, 2001 approved the move from Vancouver to Memphis. This move saw them become the first major professional sports team from the “big four” mahor leagues to permanently have its home games in Memphis. In their first three seasons, they played their home games at the Pyramid Arena.
In the 2001 NBA Draft, Pau Gasol was traded to the Grizzlies by Atlanta Hawks. They also acquired Shane Batier and Jason Williams. Gasol in the first season won the NBA Rookie of the year award. The team also hired L.A Lakers Hall of Famer Jerry West as General manager in 2002 and later won the NBA Executive of the Year (2003-04). West’s appointment brought a change to the team, a change of coach and player movements. Hubie Brown who was hired to coach the team after Lowe’s removal won the NBA Coach of the Year during the next season when the franchise made it to the playoffs for the very first time since their establishment. They moved from last to sixth seed in the Western Division. A massive change for the Grizzlies. Under Gasol and Williams, they set a new team record of 50 games.


During the 2004-05 season, head coach Brown stepped down amidst a losing record. West however made another crucial appointment in the form of TNT analyst and former coach Mike Fratello who improved their record. Memphis Grizzlies soon became fifth seed under Mike but players William and Wells were shipped off twhen the team was revamped. Jerry West announced his resignation as General Manager at the end of the 2006-07 season after a league worst-record, 22-60.

Going into 2010-11 season, the Grizzlies celebrated ten years of basketball in Memphis. The fans base was enthusiastic as the team cheered for the eight spot in the Western Conference Playoffs, finishing with a 46-36 record. The team became locally and nationally known for its “GRIT and GRIND” style of play. The grit and grind style meant disruptive defense through high pressure on the ball. They were the highest scoring team in their paint and the team with most steals in the 2010-11 season.
Memphis won their first home playoff game on April 23, 2011 when they defeated top seeded San Antonio Spurs after entering as an eight seed. On April 29, the team defeated Spurs in the game 6, 99-91 to win their first playoff series, making it the fourth time in NBA history that an 8 seed defeated a 1 seed.
On June 11, 2012, Michael Heisley had an agreement in principle to sell Memphis Grizzlies to Rober J. Pera who had a spot on Forbes’ 2012 list of the 10 youngest billionairs in the world. Pera was officially approved owner of Memphis Grizzlies on October 25, 2012. The team was named as the winner of the prestigious Beyond Sport team of the Year Award in 2012.
The Grizzlies finished the 2012-13 season with a franchise record 56-26, second in the division and fifth seed in the playoffs. Marc Gasol was also named NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. The Grizzlies were named the best overall sports franchise among 122 teams in the four major North American Sports Leagues.
At the start of the 2013-14 season, the team struggled having lost Marc to an injury while playing for Spain but managed to finish third in the southwest division and seventh in the Western Conference, with a 14-game winning streak at the FedExForum.
The team had their first season opener victory ever since the move in 2001 on October 29, 2014 after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-202. Memphis Grizzlies missed the playoffs after the departure of Randoplh and Allen during the 2017-18 season. They tied their longest losing streak in franchise history near the end of the season with 19 straight losses. Their worst loss during a regular season came in game against Charlotte Hornets 140-79. At the beginning of the 2018-19 season they were standing as 14th seed as they looked to have back their injured players.
At the end of the season, owner Robert Pera restructured the Grizzles’ basketball operations department. On June 12, 2019, Taylor Jenkins was announced as the team’s new head coach.

Ja morant memphis grizzlies points and assists


MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES AND RIVALS
Mempihis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers have been rivals since the 2011-12 season. The rivalry began when Clippers eliminated Grizzlies in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Grizzlies returned the favor the following season, eliminating clippers in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
The rivalry between Oklahoma City Thunder and Grizzlies actually dates back to the team’s days in Vancouver. The two teams have faced off in the 2011, 2013 and 2014 playoffs
San Antonio Spurs initiated a rivalry when they defeated the Grizzlies back in 2004. 2011, Spurs and Grizzlies met at the NBA Playoffs, with The Grizzlies upsetting Spurs in six games. Grizzlies despite being an 8 seed defeated Spurs who were 1 seed at the time of the playoff.

Currently, Memphis Grizzlies have not won any Championships, Conference titles or Division title. At $780million, they are NBA’s 25th most valuable team. Zach Randolph, at the moment is considered to be their best player.


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