Memphis Grizzlies

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SI: Grizzlies' Heisley ranks as third worst NBA owner -
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley is the third worst owner in the NBA, according to a new report by Heisley ranks behind perennial worst owner in the league, Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,...
49ers add Redlick to front office - SF Illustrated
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That's why the Memphis Grizzlies are beating the Free Agent Bushes right now..looking to upgrade depth for next season. Before the draft process even gets underway, the Memphis Grizzlies are hoping to fill in a few gaps. An opportunity for the players...
Memphis Grizzlies House celebrates 5th anniversary -
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Mayo investigations going strong - ESPN
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Grizzlies participate in Jam Session at Stax Music Academy -
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EMI won't renew contract to operate Grizz den retail store at ... -
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Memphis Grizzlies Holding D-League Workouts; D-League Has A Summer ... - Ridiculous Upside
The Memphis Grizzlies are apparently hosting a large D-League audition, and it seems to be focusing mainly on defense. Confirmed players there are Othyus Jeffers, Brent Petway, Dwayne Mitchell, Darius Washington Jr., Walker Russell Jr., Jelani McCoy,...
UM loses strength coach Mike Curtis to Virginia - Detroit Free Press
BY MARK SNYDER • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • May 11, 2009 Mike Curtis, who came from the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies at the beginning of this school year, has left just as fast for his alma mater, Virginia. “Mike Curtis stands for everything we want to...
Grizzlies' Mayo is unanimous pick for NBA All-Rookie team - WAAY
AP - April 30, 2009 2:05 PM ET MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - OJ Mayo and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies have been named to the NBA All-Rookie team. Mayo was a unanimous choice, along with Chicago's Derrick Rose, formerly of the University of Memphis....

Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. The Grizzlies relocated to Memphis in 2001. The team's majority owner is Michael Heisley, who controls a 95% share of the franchise; the remaining 5% is controlled by several local owners, including AutoZone founder J. R. ("Pitt") Hyde, his wife Barbara Hyde, equity manager Staley Cates, and former NBA player and University of Memphis point guard Elliot Perry.

The Vancouver Grizzlies, along with the Toronto Raptors, became expansion NBA franchises in 1995. Both teams were the first NBA teams to play in Canada since the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies. The Grizzlies were originally supposed to be named the Vancouver Mounties, but were forced to find a new name due to objections from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They then decided to adopt the name "Grizzlies," after the grizzly bear, which is native to British Columbia. Like the Raptors, the Grizzlies paid homage to the sport's founder, native Canadian James Naismith, in their color scheme; one of their team colors was "Naismith blue." The Grizzlies were the first NBA team to have a website, which was created in 1995 by Bob Kerstein, Chief Information Officer of the Grizzlies at the time.

The Grizzlies were initially composed of players taken from other teams via an expansion draft and the Grizzlies' first draft pick, Bryant Reeves. They were hampered by the NBA's decision to deny the Raptors and Grizzlies a shot at one of the top five picks in the draft. The Grizzlies' first home arena was the newly built General Motors Place. Although they won their first two games in franchise history, the Grizzlies finished with the worst win/loss record in the 1995–96 season, as is typical for an expansion team, and lost 23 straight games from February to April (setting an NBA single-season record now shared with the Denver Nuggets; the overall record of 24 is still held by the Cleveland Cavaliers). In 1996, the Grizzlies drafted Shareef Abdur-Rahim as the third overall pick. However, the Grizzlies continued to struggle and finished with the worst record in the league.

In 1997, the Grizzlies drafted Antonio Daniels with the fourth pick. The team however still finished in last place and repeated this feat again in the 1998–99 season, despite drafting guard Mike Bibby with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft. In the lockout-shortened season that followed, the Grizzlies would only win eight games. In the 1999 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies had the second overall pick again, and selected Steve Francis. Unfortunately, in what became a turning point for the franchise, Francis publicly announced that he did not want to play for the team, citing various reasons. He was heavily criticized for his antics, particularly in Vancouver, and he was subsequently traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team, 11-player blockbuster deal.

After the NBA lockout, attendance at Grizzlies games began to drop slightly, and the team's owners, Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (who also owned the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL), began to lose money. An initial sale of the team to Bill Laurie, (who at that time owned the St. Louis Blues of the NHL) was rejected by the NBA after Laurie openly stated that he would move the team to St. Louis, Missouri. Businessman Michael Heisley then bought the team in 2000 with a promise to stay in Vancouver. However, attendance at Grizzlies' home games was lower than expected in the 2000–01 season. Fan support increased after it was widely believed that the team would be moved before the next season.

There were an overwhelmingly large amount of complaints to local Vancouver media outlets that consumers seeking season tickets were unable to get through on phone lines. They complained that the phones would just ring but no one would answer. In the end not enough tickets were sold and the team was moved.

The Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets both applied with the NBA to relocate to Memphis on the same day, March 26, 2001. The Grizzlies' request was granted by the NBA. Memphis became the furthest city to the East among other cities of the Western teams. By the time the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, FedEx hoped the team would change its name to the Memphis Express. The NBA quickly squashed that idea, ruling that they would not allow teams to be named for corporations.

In the 2001 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Pau Gasol as the 3rd overall pick, who was traded to the Grizzlies. After the Grizzlies' first season in Memphis, Gasol won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The Grizzlies also drafted Shane Battier, who quickly became an unofficial spokesman for the team and a fan favorite. However, despite the strong draft class, general manager Billy Knight was let go. After Billy Knight's departure and the 2001-02 season, the team hired former Los Angeles Laker and Hall of Famer Jerry West as general manager in 2002, who later received the 2003–04 NBA Executive of the Year Award. After West's arrival the team was changed a great deal from Knight's team, with the removal of Sidney Lowe as head coach after a dismal 0-8 start to the season and a great deal of player movement with players such as Mike Miller and James Posey becoming vital to the team's success. During the 2002-03 season, Hubie Brown was hired to coach the Grizzlies. Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award during the next season when the Grizzlies made the NBA playoffs for the first time in team history in the spring of 2004 as the sixth seed in the Western Conference in a drastic change from being perennially one of the worst teams in the NBA.

However, Hubie Brown stepped down as head coach during the 2004–05 season. At the time of his resignation, the Grizzlies had a losing record but West was able to hire TNT analyst and former coach Mike Fratello to replace Brown. The Grizzlies' record markedly improved and the team advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season. However, upon reaching the playoffs, the Grizzlies were once again swept out in the first round, this time by the Phoenix Suns. After this season, which ended tumultuously with anger between Fratello and many of the players, namely Bonzi Wells and Jason Williams, the team had an active 2005 offseason in which they revamped the team and added veteran talent. While the Grizzlies lost Bonzi Wells, Jason Williams, Stromile Swift, and James Posey, they acquired Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, and Eddie Jones. They made the playoffs for the third consecutive year as well.

With their record they owned the fifth playoff seed in the Western Conference and would have to face the Dallas Mavericks. The Dallas Mavericks swept the Grizzlies in 4 games. The Grizzlies have the longest losing streak in the playoffs with 12 losses. This makes three consecutive years in which the Grizzlies have not won a playoff series, or even a single game, and they have remained winless in the playoffs during their short franchise history.

Following the 2006 NBA Draft, Jerry West traded Shane Battier to the Houston Rockets for first round pick, Rudy Gay of the University of Connecticut, and Stromile Swift. Before the 2006–07 season, the Grizzlies suffered a crippling blow when Gasol broke his left foot while playing for Spain in the World Championships. The Grizzlies started the season 5-17 without Gasol, and then went 1-7 while he was limited to about 25 minutes per game. At that point, Fratello was fired and replaced by Tony Barone, Sr. as interim coach. Barone was the team's player personnel director and had never coached an NBA game though he had coached at the collegiate level for both Creighton and Texas A&M being named coach of the year in their conferences three times during his tenure. Grizzlies finished the 2006-07 season with the league's worst 22-60 record, and Jerry West announced resignation from his position as the team's general manager shortly after end of the regular season. The team also hired highly touted Phoenix Suns assistant Marc Iavaroni to be the team's new head coach. Despite their last place finish, the Grizzlies, who held the best chance of landing the first pick in a draft, ended up with the fourth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. With this pick, the Grizzlies selected Mike Conley, Jr., a guard from Ohio State.

As of 2008, the Grizzlies are the only team representing Memphis, Tennessee in the United States four major sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL).

On June 18, 2007, the Grizzlies named former Boston Celtics GM Chris Wallace as the team's General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations, replacing the retired West. A few days later, the Grizzlies hired former Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic head coach Johnny Davis, longtime NBA assistant coach Gordon Chiesa, and the head coach of the 2007 NBA Development League champion Dakota Wizards, David Joerger, as the team's new assistant coaches. Gene Bartow, a Memphis basketball legend, was named the Grizzlies' President of Basketball Operations on August 16, 2007. On February 1, 2008, Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, rights to Marc Gasol (Pau's younger brother), and 2008 and 2010 first round draft picks.

On January 22, 2009, head coach Marc Iavaroni was fired and replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Johnny Davis. To replace Iavaroni, Lionel Hollins was named the Grizzlies' head coach on January 25, 2009.

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List of Memphis Grizzlies head coaches

The Grizzlies have played their home games at the FedExForum since 2004.

The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1995 along with the Toronto Raptors as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. The Grizzlies and the Raptors became the first non-United States teams to join the NBA since 1946. After spending six seasons in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis in the 2001–02 season. The Grizzlies have played their home games at the FedExForum since 2004. Although the Grizzlies have competed in the postseason three times, they have never won a playoff game or a playoff series. The Grizzlies are owned by Michael Heisley and several locals including J.R. Hyde, Andy Cates, and Elliot Perry.

There have been 10 head coaches for the Grizzlies franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Brian Winters, who coached for two seasons. Winters is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached (184), and Mike Fratello is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season game wins (95). Hubie Brown is the only Grizzlies head coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award. Brown was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, in 2005. Lionel Hollins, Tony Barone, and Marc Iavaroni have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Grizzlies. Iavaroni was fired by the Grizzles on January 22, 2009. Hollins was named as Iavaroni's successor, though Johnny Davis was the head coach for two games before Hollins' third term with the team.

Note: Statistics are correct as of January 24, 2009.

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2008–09 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2008-09 Memphis Grizzlies season will be the 14th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies season was the first season for the Grizzlies in Memphis. After 6 years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team from 1970-1975. The Grizzlies made their Memphis debut on November 1st at the Pyramid. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90-80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season. Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98-83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17th for their the franchise's first win in Memphis. The Grizzlies would finish in last place with a 23-59 record. The highlight of the season was the contribution of two rookies. Pau Gasol led the team with 17.6 points per game and was named rookie of the year. Duke alumnus Shane Battier had a solid 14.4 points per game, while former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game. The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21st. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114-108.

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Memphis Grizzlies draft history

Shane Battier, who was drafted in 2001, played with the Grizzlies for five seasons.

The Memphis Grizzlies were first located in Vancouver after the National Basketball Association (NBA) granted the city an expansion team on April 27, 1994, and they first participated in the NBA Draft in 1995. However, the Grizzlies win-loss record after six seasons was only 101-359 (.220), and on July 4, 2001, the league's board of governors approved a move to Memphis, where the team has been located ever since.

In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time. Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.

Four of the players that the Grizzlies have drafted were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team first team in their respective rookie seasons—Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1997, Mike Bibby in 1999, Shane Battier and Pau Gasol in 2002, and Rudy Gay in 2007 —and Gasol was named the Rookie of the Year in 2002.

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