Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball History – Western Conference Southwest

Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball History – Western Conference Southwest

Starting out playing out of Vancouver Canada, The Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. The Vancouver Grizzlies were established in 1995 and was a part of the expansion teams into Canada. The Toronto Raptors were also established that year and since the Grizzles moved to the USA, The Raptors are the only Canadian NBA Basketball team currently.

The Grizzlies were member of the mid-west division when they played out of Vancouver and moved to the southwest division when the NBA made the bet to bring the Grizzlies to Memphis.

When a new expansion team first begins, it is a safe bet to say the will have a few tough NBA Basketball seasons. This was the case for The Grizzlies; they did not perform well when they first started in 1995.

The Grizzlies played their first home game in Memphis out of Pyramid Arena. The owner of The Grizzles put a big bet on the Memphis Grizzlies by hiring Jerry West who was the old coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Other stellar players were acquired such as Jason Williams. Williams came to the Grizzles in a trade for Mike Bibby.

The Grizzlies played solid basketball in the early to mid 2000’s. It was a dynamic improvement compared to their performance in Vancouver. The Grizzlies made some intelligent bets by acquiring Eddie Jones, Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, and Hakim Warrick.

When the NBA Basketball season of 2006-2007 started, The Grizzles started on a bad note. The team began to rebuild over the next few years and gather some more impeccable talent to the team. This was not an easy task and took until 2010 until they obtained excellent results.

Since 2010 The Grizzlies made it back to the playoffs and became an NBA Basketball to not to recon with. Although their exuberant improvement, they did not win the title.

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