The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their home games at FedExForum.
|General manager||Zach Kleiman|
|Head coach||Taylor Jenkins|
|Ownership||Memphis Basketball, LLC (Robert Pera, Chairman and Controlling Owner)|
1995–2001: Vancouver Grizzlies
The Vancouver Grizzlies were a Canadian professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada.
Relocation to Memphis
The Vancouver Grizzlies applied to the NBA to relocate to Memphis on March 26, 2001, which was granted on July 3. The team relocated following the 2000–01 season and were renamed the Memphis Grizzlies. This became the second professional sports team to be named Memphis Grizzlies.
2019–present: The Ja Morant era
With the second pick in the 2019 NBA draft, the Grizzlies selected Ja Morant. Additionally, they received Brandon Clarke after he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st pick, and then immediately traded to the Grizzlies for the 23rd pick (via the Utah Jazz) and the Grizzlies’ 2024 second-round pick. The Grizzlies rebuilt their roster with a young core consisting of Morant, Clarke, Allen, Dillon Brooks, and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Following the suspension of the 2019–20 NBA season, the Grizzlies were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final eight games of the regular season. They finished in ninth place in the Western Conference and had a chance to make it to the 2020 NBA playoffs, needing to win two games against the Portland Trail Blazers to advance. In the first and only play-in game, the Trail Blazers defeated the Grizzlies 126–122.
Notable Players of Memphis Grizzlies
Basketball Hall of Fame
|Memphis Grizzlies Hall of Fame|
|Hubie Brown||Head coach||2002–2005||2005|
Upon their arrival in Memphis, the Grizzlies retained the same uniforms they wore in their final season in Vancouver, but with the city name emblazoned on both the white and black uniform. Turquoise and red served as the accent colors. After one season, the Grizzlies made a minor tweak, replacing the “G-bear” logo with the “howling bear” logo on the right leg. The “ball and claws” logo was also added above the player’s name.
The Grizzlies did not wear a “City” uniform for the 2019–20 season, opting for the throwback Vancouver Grizzlies uniforms instead. In the 2020–21 season, the Grizzlies returned to wearing “City” uniforms, this time with a black base, metallic gold lettering and turquoise trim as a tribute to Isaac Hayes and Stax Records. In the 2021–22 season, the Grizzlies sported a commemorative “City” uniform featuring a mix of styles used by the team. The midnight-based uniform featured elements from the Vancouver era as well as the “Grit and Grind” and modern eras.
Grizz is the official mascot of the Memphis Grizzlies. He was first introduced in 1995 when the team was in Vancouver, British Columbia. Grizz was named 2011 NBA Mascot of the Year.
Friends of Grizz
In 2007, the performer playing Grizz was diagnosed with cancer. As a show of support, the Grizzlies chose not to have Grizz appear until he recovered. During this period, mascots from other teams performed at Grizzlies home games in Grizz’s place. The franchise also launched a program called “Friends of Grizz”, with donations and proceedings going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Home Arenas of Memphis Grizzlies
- General Motors (GM) Place(1995–2001)
- Pyramid Arena(2001–2004)
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