Vancouver Grizzlies Team FormationThe only former professional basketball team to play in Canada was the Toronto Huskies, who played a single season in 1946 – 1947 before folding. Attempts had been made by Nelson Skalbania, a local entrepreneur, to get an NBA franchise to Vancouver in the 1980s, but had failed. Arthur Griffiths, owner of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League ...
Drafted Shareef Abdur-RahimShareef Abdur-Rahim was selected third overall by the Grizzlies in the 1996 Draft. The Grizzlies also traded for Anthony Peeler and George Lynch from the Los Angeles Lakers on 16 July 1996. Abdur-Rahim made an immediate impact playing for the Grizzlies, becoming the team’s leading scorer while setting a franchise record of 18.7 points per game (ppg). He finished third ...
Sold to Michael HeisleyFinancially, the lockout that occurred in 1998 was the turning point for the team. Attendance plummeted from a league average of 16,108 in the 1997 – 1998 season to 13,899 in the 1999 – 2000 season, which was the third-lowest in the league. Orca Bay started losing money on operations, in part because of a weak Canadian dollar. Griffiths sold ...
Move to Memphis – GrizzliesThe Vancouver Grizzlies relocation to Memphis was a successful effort by the ownership group of the Vancouver Grizzlies to move the basketball team from the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the U.S. city of Memphis, Tennessee. The team began to play as the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001 – 2002 season. It was the first of three National ...
History of the Grizzlies
The Vancouver Grizzlies were a professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1995 to 2001 before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee, and becoming the Memphis Grizzlies. The team was founded as part of an expansion into Canada alongside the Toronto Raptors and played their home games at General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena).
In their first season with legendary coach Brian Hill at the helm, they finished 15-67 but improved over time under new head coaches Lionel Hollins and Sidney Lowe. In the 1998–99 season, they had a respectable 22-60 record despite losing star forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim in midseason due to injury. The following year saw them finish 23-59 with Mike Bibby leading all scorers with an average of 19 points per game for that campaign alone; however, it wasn’t enough for them to make playoffs as teams such as Minnesota Timberwolves or Portland Trail Blazers did better than expected that year instead of them getting into postseason play.
Despite some good individual performances by players like Michael Dickerson who averaged 17 points per game during his tenure there between 1999–2001 seasons or Bryant Reeves who showed flashes of brilliance while playing center position throughout those years; overall lack of success led ownership group headed by Bill Laurie deciding it was best if franchise would relocate after six years being based out of Vancouver BC area due financial losses incurred each season amounting up millions dollars every single one making hard keep running business model any longer so move became inevitable decision made 2002 when NBA approved relocation request filed months prior announcement date set May 11th same calendar year which marked official end era known “Grizzlies” city Canadian province British Columbia where beloved mascot “Big Country” still remembered fondly this day even though he never got chance show what could do playoffs since didn't make once during stay Pacific Northwest region United States America.
Vancouver – Memphis
1995 – Present / National Basketball Association
2001 – Present / Memphis Grizzlies
1995 – 2001 / Vancouver Grizzlies
Grizzlies – When Vancouver was awarded an expansion franchise in 1994 to begin play the following season, the team’s owners had tentative plans to name the team the Mounties. The Royal Mounted Canadian Police and fans alike objected, so team officials resumed their search for a name. The local newspaper sponsored a name-the-team contest, which club officials monitored before choosing Grizzlies, an indigenous species to the area, over Ravens.
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2004 – Present / FedExForum
2001 – 2004 / Pyramid Arena
1995 – 2001 / General Motors Place
2012 – Present / Robert J. Pera
2000 – 2012 / Michael Heisley
1995 – 2000 / Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment
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