Memphis Grizzlies Tickets
The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association or NBA. The team is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a member team of the NBA’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team is relatively young and only joined the NBA in 1995. Today, they are owned by Robert Pera and play all of their home games at the FedExForum. If you are a fan of the Memphis Grizzles and want to learn more about the team, their history, and how to get your hands on the best Memphis Grizzlies tickets, click here.
About the Memphis Gr?izzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are one of the youngest teams in the NBA having been established in 1995. The team was originally founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and was known as the Vancouver Grizzlies. They relocated to Memphis in the 2000-1 season and have been based there as the Memphis Grizzlies ever since. In fact, they are the only major professional sports team in any of the sports leagues in North America to be based in and playing for the city of Memphis.
The Grizzlies’ official team colors are Memphis Midnight Blue, Beale Street Blue, Smoke Blue, and Gold.
The team’s current manager is Chris Wallace and its head coach is David Fizdale.
History of the Memphis Grizzlies
As mentioned earlier, the Memphis Grizzlies were originally established in Vancouver in 1995 and were part of the NBA expansion into Canada. At the time, this expansion also included the Toronto Raptors. These two Canadian cities would become the first two non-U.S. cities to join the NBA since the 1946-47 seasons.
Founding of the Team
When the Grizzlies were initially founded, they were a Canadian professional basketball team that played for the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were members of the NBA’s Midwest Division of the Western Conference. After spending six years struggling to make a name for themselves in Vancouver, the team appealed to the NBA for relocation to Memphis. This was granted in 2001 and the team was renamed as the Memphis Grizzlies. They also became the first professional sports team in North America from any of the four major sports leagues to be based in Memphis.
Setting up in Memphis
When the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, they became the easternmost team in the NBA’s Western Conference and they left the Toronto Raptors to become the only Canadian team in the league.
After the move, the Grizzlies got to work straight away in order to build a strong reputation. The team added eight new promising players to its roster which included the likes of forwards, Pau Gasol and Shane Battier.
The former went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the latter became like an unofficial spokesperson for the team with a massive fan following.
In their inaugural season, they surpassed expectations and showcased many skills and highlights. One of those highlights was taking on the World Champions at the time, the LA Lakers. In their second match-up against the Lakers, the Grizzlies took the lead and won the match 114 to 108.
It was also an immense learning experience for the team. They had to learn what it took to play better, which included how to refine their shooting, rebounds, and defense. These were all ingredients that the Grizzlies were trying to perfect in order to score more points and win more games.
The Breakout Success of the Griz?zlies
The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t take long to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the NBA. In fact, in 2004, the team had a winning record of 13-2 and an 86.7% winning percentage.
Part of the Grizzlies success can be attributed to their home game flare. The Grizzlies made their original stadium, the Pyramid Arena, a tough place for their competitors to do well.
They also came to be known in the league as the “Comeback Kids”. This nickname was given to them after they continuously managed to come back after trailing in the season. In fact, in the 2004 season, the Memphis Grizzlies accomplished something that only a few NBA times have ever done; going from 50 losses in a single season to 50 wins in the season right after.
This would also be the last season for the Grizzlies at the Pyramid Arena. This arena was a very important feature of the Grizzlies history and will always be remembered by fans for its electric energy.
To further add to the accomplishments of the 2003-4 season, the Grizzlies made it to their first playoffs. Their head coach at the time, Hubie Brown, would be remembered as one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Grizzlies. He finished that season at .500 at 78-78 and was also named the NBA Coach of the Year.
Star player Shane Battier was also awarded the divisional NBA Sportsmanship Award and Jerry West, the President of the Grizzlies Basketball Operations, was named the Sports Illustrated NBA Executive of the Year.
All of these accomplishments made this a stand-out, breakout season for the team. The following year, they would relocate to the FedExForum.
The Present Day Grizzlies
Like most teams in the NBA, the Grizzlies have gone through their fair share of ups and downs. They have become known in the league for their unique play style called the ‘Grit and Grind’. This style of basketball is categorized by disrupting the defense of the opposing team by putting pressure on the ball. They have become the team known for the most amount of steals in the league. They also play an inside-out style of offence which has resulted in them becoming one of the highest scoring teams from inside the paint.