Nickname Grizzlies was chosen after the original name Mounties was abandoned following objections by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, name was kept upon moving to Memphis.
Lionel Hollins 2008/09-
FedEx Forum 2004/05-
2001/02: After six years of struggling in Vancouver the Grizzlies moved to Memphis. For Memphis it was the first NBA team, but the city had played home to an ABA team from 1970-1975. The Grizzlies made their Memphis debut on November 1st at the Pyramid losing to the Detroit Pistons 90-80. The Grizzlies would struggle mightily at the start as they lost their first eight games before beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-83 at the Pyramid on November 17th for their first Memphis win. The Grizzlies would not win many more games finishing in last place with a 23-59 record. However, their was still plenty to be excited about that first season in Memphis as Pau Gasol led the team with 17.6 ppg enroot to being named rookie of the year. Shane Battier another rookie also played impressive basketball posting a solid 14.4 ppg, 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 in Memphis came on December 21st when the Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid 114-108. Following the season the Grizzlies would look to the Lakers for help to build their future as they hired former Lakers great Jerry West who was the architect for the current Lakers Championship teams as well as the Showtime teams of the 80's.
2002/03: In their second season in Memphis the Grizzlies would get off to another rocky start as they lost their first eight games before Coach Sidney Lowe resigned. Lowe would be replaced by 69 year old Hubie Brown who had not coached in the NBA in 16 years. However, Hubie Brown had stayed close to the game as an announcer for Turner Sports NB coverage. The Grizzlies would continue to struggle under Brown losing their next 5 for an awful 0-13 start, before they finally beat the Washington Wizards 85-74. After their first win the Grizzlies played solid basketball for six weeks as they split their next 18 games. However, the Grizzlies would continue to rack up the losses as they failed to win 30 games again posting a franchise best 28-54 record while finishing in sixth place. Along the way the Grizzlies made some moves to strengthen the team including trading disappointing rookie Drew Gooden, with Gordan Giricek to the Orlando Magic for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey, and draft picks at the trade deadline. However, when the season was over it would be a trade from their past that would comeback and haunt them as a trade they made with Detroit Pistons for Otis Thorpe resulted in the Grizzlies losing a chance to pick second in the NBA Draft. The deal had stated that if the Grizzlies did not get the top overall pick they would have to give it to the Pistons, for Thorpe who played less then two unspectacular seasons in Vancouver.
2003/04: In their final season in the Pyramid the Grizzlies began to turn it around. Holding a 9-8 record early in December the Grizzlies landed Bonzi Wells in a trade with the Portland Trailblazers on December 3rd. Despite holding a 15-17 record as the New Year started the Grizzlies were clearly heading in the right direction and in January they began to make show signs they were a contender as they won 10 of 14 games in January. The Grizzlies stayed hot in February as they climbed over the 30 win plateau for the first time in franchise history while posting a 10-3 record. They would play even better in March winning 13 of 15 as they clinched a playoff spot. However down the stretch they would struggle as they entered the playoffs losing six of their last eight games. Despite the late season slide the Grizzlies still managed to post an impressive 50-32 record nearly doubling their previous best win total, as 70-year old Hubie Brown was named Coach of the Year, as seven different players averaged more the 9 points per game. However in the playoffs against the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs the Grizzlies would be no match as they would be swept away in four straight games.
2004/05: Coming off the first playoff appearance in franchise history, the Grizzlies had a new look and a new arena as they began play at the FedEx Forum. The new look Grizzlies would struggle earl losing five of their first 12 when 71-year old Coach Hubie Brown retired, saying he could no longer handle the day-to-day strain of coaching in the NBA. After losing all four games under interim Coach Lionel Hollins the Grizzlies turned to Mike Fratello. After initially struggling under Fratello the Grizzlies would climb back above .500 in January posting a 12-3 record during the first month of the New Year. That January would be good enough to help the Grizzlies into the playoffs for the second straight year as they beat out the Minnesota Timberwolves for the final playoff spot with a 45-37 record. In the playoffs the Grizzlies would face the Phoenix Suns who posted the best record in the NBA, and would find themselves in an immediate hole losing the first two games on the road. Coming home they would not fair any better as the Suns won both in Memphis as the Grizzlies, failed to come up with their first postseason win again, getting swept in four straight games for the second year in a row. Following the season the Grizzlies would undergo a roster makeover as James Posey and Jason Williams were sent to the Miami Heat in a mega blockbuster deal that saw the Grizzlies land Eddie Jones, while Bonzi Wells was shipped to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that saw the Grizzlies land Bobby Jackson, in addition the Grizzlies would lose Stromile Swift to the Houston Rockets via Free Agency.
2005/06: The revamped Grizzlies started the season strongly winning 13 of their first 18 games. However, playing in the same division with the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, the Grizzlies could still not do better then third place. The Grizzlies would play strong basketball all season as they posted a solid 49-33 record. Once again the Grizzlies were led by Pao Gasol who had another solid season with 20.4 ppg and 6.5 rebounds per game. While off the bench Mike Miller added an extra spark with 13.7 ppg with a team high 138 three pointers made as he earned recognition as the league's best 6th Man. However in the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks the Grizzlies would once again find themselves overmatched as they were swept in four straight games for the third straight season, with only one game decided by less then ten points. Following the season the Grizzlies continued to retool trading Shane Battier to the Houston Rockets to reacquire Stromile Swift, along with Rudy Gay the eighth overall draft pick.
2006/07: The new look Grizzlies would suffer a big loss before the season even started as Pao Gasol suffered a broken foot while leading Spain to victory in the FIBA World Championships in August. With Gasol missing the first 23 games the Grizzlies would get off to a terrible start winning just six of their first 30 games as Coach Mike Fratello was fired on December 28th and replaced on an interim basis by Tony Barone Sr. who was the team's player personnel director and never coached an NBA game. Under Barone the Grizzlies would not play much better as they would end up with the worst record in the NBA at 22-60. Following the season General Manager Jerry West announced his resignation, ending a disappointing tenure in Memphis that saw the Grizzlies make just three playoff appearance that ended with the Grizzlies being swept all three times.
2007/08: Coming off their worst season since moving to Memphis, the Grizzlies continued to struggle as they stumbled out of the gate with a 5-10 record in November. Over the next two months the losses continued to mount, as the Grizzlies decided it was time to start from scratch and rebuild. With that on their minds the Grizzlies traded Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 1st in exchange the Grizzlies got for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, rights to Marc Gasol (Pau's younger brother) in return. Following the trade, wins would become even scarcer, as they won just one game in February, on the way to posting a terrible 22-60 record for the second straight season.
2008/09: Coming off two straight 60 loss seasons the Grizzlies continued to struggle, as they got off a horrible start again, as they dropped 14 of their first 18 games. In early December, the Grizzlies would string together a few wins, as they took four straight games and five out of six. However, it would not last as the Grizzlies entered the New Year with an awful 10-22 record. The Grizzlies struggles continued in January, as they embarked on a 12 game losing streak. The streak would cost Coach Marc Iavaroni his job, as he was fired on January 22nd. After losing two straight games under Assistant Coach Johnny Davis, Lionel Hollins took over for the remainder of the season. After losing their first four games under Hollins, the Grizzlies long losing streak came to an end, with a 113-97 win over the Washington Wizards. The Grizzlies would go on to finish the season in last place with a record of 24-58.
2009/10: Hoping to bring some star power to Memphis, the Grizzlies signed former MVP Allen Iverson. However, before even playing a game at home Iverson was gone, as he was unhappy coming off the bench and left for personal reasons, before being released a short time later. Iverson would eventually return to the Philadelphia 76ers and continued to struggle with off the court issues. Meanwhile, another off-season acquisition had a much bigger impact on the Grizzlies, as Zach Randolph played at an All-Star level at both end of the floor posting a 20.8 ppg scoring average, 8.8 rebounds per game while providing strong defense. Early on as they dealt with the Iverson drama the Grizzlies struggled, losing eight of their first nine games. However, as the New Year began the Grizzlies crept above .500 as a solid January had them in the thick of the playoff race. In February the Grizzlies slumped, losing five in a row. The Grizzlies though would remain in playoff contention through the end of March, but as the season closed they struggled again posting a 2-9 record in their final 11 games as they finished in tenth place in the Western Conference with a record of 40-42.
2010/11: As the Grizzlies celebrated their tenth season in Memphis, the team looked grab some relevance and make a push for the postseason, after a late season slump had cost them a chance at finishing above .500. After starting the season with a 119-104 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Grizzlies stunned the Dallas Mavericks on the road 91-90 to earn their first win of the season. However, the Grizzlies would struggle much of the first half, as they entered the New Year with a record of 14-18. As January ended the Grizzlies began to turn things around, winning six of seven as they climbed over .500. As February began the Grizzlies continued their strong play, as they entered the All-Star Break with a 31-26 record. At the trade deadline the Grizzlies would re-acquire Shane Battier from the Houston Rockets along with Ishmael Smith for Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a future first-round draft pick. The Grizzlies also tried to trade O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers, but the deal was not completed in time. The Grizzlies continue to play winning basketball, posting a 9-5 record in March, despite losing Rudy Gay for the rest of the season on March 25th to a separated shoulder. The Grizzlies would go on finish the season with a 46-36 record, grabbing the eighth spot in the Western Conference Finals.
2011 Playoffs: Entering the playoffs, the Grizzlies were winless in their three previous trips to the postseason, facing the San Antonio Spurs nobody gave them a chance to do much better this time around. However, in Game 1 against a Spurs team that had only lost five games at home all year the Grizzlies won 101-98, on Shane Battier's three point dagger as Zach Randolph had 25 points with 14 rebounds. After a 93-87 loss in Game 2, the series shifted to Memphis, where the Grizzlies athleticism was able to take advantage of the aging Spurs, winning 91-88 as Randolph again led all scorers with 25 points. The Grizzlies continued to give the Spurs fits, as they took a 3-1 series lead with a dominant 104-86 win in Game 4. Leading late in Game 5, the Grizzlies would be stunned by a three point shot from Gary Neal with 1.7 seconds left that forced overtime. In OT the Spurs would outscore the Grizzlies 13-6 for a 110-103 win. Despite the setback, the Grizzlies would go on to complete the upset with a 99-91 win in Game 6, as Zach Randolph scored a game high 31 points. In the second round for the first time ever the Grizzlies faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in a battle of two cities experiencing playoff success for the first time ever. The Zach attack continued against the Thunder, as Randolph scored 34 points with 10 boards, while Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 boards to beat the Thunder 114-101 in Game 1. After a 111-102 loss in Game 2 the series shifted to Memphis, where the Grizzlies overcame a 16 point deficit to beat the Thunder 101-93 in overtime as Zach Randolph continued his awesome postseason with 21 points and 21 boards. With a chance to take a 3-1 lead, the Grizzlies found themselves in overtime again. However, the Thunder would not roll over. The game would go to triple overtime, before the Grizzlies seemed to run out of gas, suffering a 133-123 loss. The Grizzlies would come out flat in Game 5, as they seemed to be still feeling the effects of three overtimes, losing 99-72. Facing elimination in Game 6, the FedEx Forum was rocking as the Grizzlies used a strong second half to beat the Thunder 95-83, behind 34 points from Zach Randolph to forced a seventh game. The Thunder would go on to beat the Grizzlies 105-90 in Game 7, but by coming within one game of the Conference Finals, the Grizzlies finally brought some excitement to Memphis, and legitimacy to their franchise.
2011/12: After their remarkable run to second round of the playoffs, the Grizzlies looked forward to start the season, but any momentum would be wiped out by a two month lockout that delayed the start of the season. When the season began the day after Christmas, the Grizzlies would fall 95-82 in a rematch against the San Antonio Spurs on the road. The Grizzlies would get off to a slow start, losing six of their first nine games, as a knee injury to Zach Randolph put the Grizzlies playoffs hopes in peril before the season even began. However, with Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol leading the way the Grizzlies managed to keep their neck above water, as they got back on track with a seven game winning streak in January. Randolph would return in March, as the Grizzlies stayed deep in the playoff hunt. After struggling early in his return, the Grizzlies finished the season strong, posting a 14-3 in their last 17 games. In the truncated season, the Grizzlies would grab the fourth seed with a record of 41-25, setting a record for the best win percentage in team history. Despite playing in just 28 games, Zach Randolph had another strong season, with 11.6 ppg and eight boards per game. Rudy Gay would lead the Grizzlies in scoring with 19.0 ppg, while Marc Gasol had 14.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg.
2012 Playoffs: Facing the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies got off to a fast start, building a 27 point lead in Game 1. However, it would all suddenly fall apart at FedEx Forum, as the Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 28-3 over the final 9:31 to rally from a 24 point fourth quarter deficit to win the game 99-98. With Rudy Gay scoring 21 points, the Grizzlies would recover from their collapse to record a 105-98 win in Game 2 to even the series. Rudy Gay had a strong game, scoring 24 points as the series shifted to Los Angeles for Game 3. However, Gay's missed three point shot at the buzzer would allow the Clippers to win 87-86. In Game 4 the Grizzlies again had their chances, as the game went to overtime. Once again the Clippers seemed to hit all the shots when it counted, earning a 101-97 win to take a 3-1 series lead. Back home in Memphis, the Grizzlies built a 24 point lead, thanks to a 36 point first quarter. However, once again the Clippers would battle back in the second, this time the Grizzlies would hold on to win the game 92-80. Facing elimination again in Game 6, it was the Grizzlies with the comeback power in Game 6, as they rallied from an eight point deficit to win the game 90-88, with Marc Gasol scoring a game high 23 points. Back home for Game 7 the Grizzlies had high hopes of coming back from down 3-1. However, their bench would falter s the Clippers reserves out scored the Grizzlies subs 41-11. The Clippers would win the game 82-72 advancing on to the second round.
First Game Played November 1, 2001
191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 205-1234
Sidney Lowe 2001/02-2002/03
Hubie Brown 2002/03-2003/04
Lionel Hollins 2004/05
Mike Fratello 2004/05-2006/07
Tony Barone Sr. 2006/07
Marc Iavaroni 2007/08-2008/09
Johnny Davis 2008/09
Lionel Hollins 2008/09-Present
The Pyramid 2001/02-2003/04
FedEx Forum 2004/05-Present
Conference Finals: (1)
Playoff Appearances: (6)
2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
Hall of Famers: (1)
Hubie Brown Coach 2002-2004
All-Star Games Hosted:
All-Star Game MVP:
Coach of the Year: (1)
2004 Hubie Brown
Most Improved Player:
Rookie of the Year: (1)
2002 Pau Gasol F
6th Man: (1)
2006 Mike Miller G
Defensive Player of the Year: (1)
2013 Marc Gasol C
NBA Finals MVP:
2006/07 & 2007/08 (22-60)
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Vancouver Grizzlies 1995/96-2000/01
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