Memphis Grizzlies Review and Information
The Memphis Grizzlies became NBA franchises in 1995. The team was the first NBA teams to play in Canada since 1946–47's Toronto Huskies. The Grizzlies were at first composed of players taken from other teams via a growth draft and the Grizzlies' first draft pick, Bryant Reeves. Although they won their first home pastime in franchise history, the Grizzlies finished with the most horrible win/loss record in the NBA in 1995–96 seasons, as is typical for an growth team. In 1996, the Memphis Grizzlies drafted Shareef Abdur-Rahim as the 3rd overall pick. Though, the Grizzlies sustained to struggle. The team lost 23 straight games from February to April (an NBA record shared by the Denver Nuggets) and over with the worst record in the league.
In 1997, the Grizzlies breezed Antonio Daniels with the 4th pick. The team saw some development as it finished in 6th place. The Grizzlies were rear in last place after the 1998–99 season, though, despite drafting guard Mike Bibby with the next overall pick in the NBA Draft during the off-season. In the lockout-shortened season that followed, the Grizzlies would only win 8 games.
After the NBA lockout, the turnout at Grizzlies games began to drop, and the team's owners, OrcaBay (who also owned the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL) began to misplace money. manufacturer Michael Heisley bought the team in 2000, but after another subpart year moved the team to Memphis .
Following relocate to Memphis for the 2001–02 season, the team hired former Los Angeles Laker and Hall of Famer Jerry West as broad manager in 2002, who later conventional the 2003–04 NBA managerial of the Year Award. In the 2001 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Pau Gasol as the 3rd overall pick who was trade to the Grizzlies and won the Rookie of the Year Award. Throughout the 2002–03 season, Hubie Brown was hired to coach the Grizzlies. Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award in the next period when the Grizzlies made the NBA playoffs for the first time in team the past in the spring of 2004 as the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Hakim WarrickHubie Brown stepped down as head coach throughout the 2004–05 season. At the time, the Grizzlies had a behind record. West hired TNT analyst and former coach Mike Fratello to put back Brown. The Grizzlies' record better and the team advanced to the postseason for the second successive season. The Grizzlies had an active 2005 offseason in which they revamp the team and added veteran talent. While the Grizzlies lost Bonzi Wells, Jason Williams, Stormily Swift, and James Posey, they acquired Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, and Eddie Jones. They clinch the playoffs for the third successive year as well.