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Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies play in the NBA as a part of the Western Conference and the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their games in FedEx Forum which was built in 2004 for the team.

The Grizzlies have gone through multiple different coaches in just the last few years, with current head coach Taylor Jenkins being hired after the 2018-2019 season. The owner of the Grizzlies is Robert Pera and their mascot is a bear by the name of grizz.

Grizzlies History

The Memphis Grizzlies were founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1995 as an expansion team and played there until 2001. In 2001, the Grizzlies relocated to their current home in Memphis Tennessee. Since then, the Grizzlies have enjoyed a mild amount of success, making the playoffs several times over the span. However they have to this date been unable to win an NBA Championship. The most successful period of time for the Grizzlies came during the 2010's with a core group of Grizzlies known as the Grit N' Grind Grizzlies.

Grit N' Grind Grizzlies

Known for their grinding style of play with a high emphasis on hardwork and defense, The Grizzlies fought their way to several playoff berths. The core group of Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Tony Allen were dominant on the defense end and can be described as relentless in their hustle and style of play. Their rugged style matched up well against many Western Conference teams, and they made it all the way to the conference finals in 2013.

Memphis Grizzlies Notable Players

The Grizzlies have had players such as Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley (pictured below) and Zach Randolph. Due to the fact that they are an expansion team, The Grizzlies do not have as many older "retro" players in their history.

Present Day Memphis Grizzlies

The offseason before the 2019-2020 season marked the end of an era for the Grizzlies. The last remaining member of the Grit N Grind teams, Mike Conley was traded to The Utah Jazz. In the most recent NBA draft lottery, the Grizzlies jumped up to the second pick where they selected college phenom, Ja Morant. The Grizzlies hope to rebuild their roster around the talented young playmaker in the coming years.


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