The Grizzlies were one of the expansion teams the NBA established in 1995, along
with the Toronto Raptors. While being based in Vancouver initially, the team moved
to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001. Most Tennessee teams ply their trade in Nashville,
which makes the Memphis Grizzlies the city's exclusive major sports team. While the
team has had a short NBA history, they have managed to be relatively successful.
Fans have always bought plenty of Memphis Grizzlies tickets, with the team
rewarding their faith with entertaining basketball. Their first period of success came
in 2001 with the draft pick of Pau Gasol. The giant Spaniard was the overall third
pick in the draft and managed to win Rookie of the Year after his first NBA season.
Memphis Grizzlies tickets sold even better during this period, as fans were anxious to
see the skills of Gasol in person. In his seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, he
led them to two playoff berths. A conference or NBA title has eluded the Grizzlies to
date, but they hope the future will bring even more success.
In 2008, Gasol was traded to the L.A. Lakers for several players and draft picks,
including his brother Marc Gasol. Gasol, along with Hamid Haddadi, helped the
Grizzlies claim two playoff berths in the past two seasons. They have had excellent
regular season records, despite being unable to translate that to playoff success.
Fans bought plenty of Memphis Grizzlies tickets for their playoff games and the
excitement in the city was exceptional. They will be hoping it is not too long before
they are buying Memphis Grizzlies tickets for the NBA Finals.
12-7-13: After a strong start to the season, the Grizzlies have been severely hurt by Marc Gasol’s absence due to his sprained MCL. On Saturday, Memphis scored only 88 points in a loss to the struggling Brooklyn Nets. Although the Grizzlies had a comfortable victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, they lost by 20 points to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Without one of their top scorers, the Grizzlies have had to depend more on role players during this tough patch of their schedule. It has been difficult for Mike Conley and Zach Randolph to handle the load, but they will look to continue to stay around .500 without last season’s Defensive Player of the Year.
11-28-13: The 8-7 Memphis Grizzlies had a tough week both on and off the court. On the court they lost two of three games and off the court came the bad news that Marc Gasol has a Grade-2 sprain of his MCL and will be out indefinitely. The good news is that injury does not require surgery and similar injuries have caused players to miss around 6-8 weeks. While obviously it’s not ideal to miss your arguably best player for a few months, it’s far better than missing him the entire year. Kosta Koufas will start in his place.
11-22-13: A four game winning streak, including wins over the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, has helped the Grizzlies rebound from an early 3-5 start to sit at 7-5 on the year. Zach Randolph has been the high scorer in the last four games and the defense is ratcheting back up into the elite level they were at last year. While shooting will always be the main issue in Memphis, the blue-collar defensive intensity that Marc Gasol and crew bring every night is proving that Memphis will remain relevant in the West all year.
Zach Randolph has dropped off considerably and point guard Mike Conley appears to have taken on too much of a scoring load, as this year’s Grizzlies team is struggling to find offense or wins. Memphis sits at just 3-5 through three weeks and has a brutal road trip ahead of them against the Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Warriors in their next four games.
11-8-13: Zach Randolph is aging and the Grizzlies are rolling with a new coach, but otherwise not much has changed. A slow 2-3 start may have fans scratching their heads a bit, but Memphis has lost to two solid teams in the Mavericks and Spurs and another potential up and coming squad in the Pelicans. With great inside men, Memphis shouldn’t have much trouble getting well above .500 in the coming weeks.
11-1-13: This season’s Grizzlies look relatively similar to the 2012-13 version of the team. However, there is a new man at the top of the coaching staff: Dave Joerger, who spent six seasons as an assistant for the Grizzlies. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol is ready to make it four consecutive postseason appearances for the Grizzlies after he had a solid preseason. Kosta Koufos, who the Grizzlies acquired via trade during the offseason, backs up Gasol, giving Memphis depth at the center position. Another newcomer to Memphis is two-time NBA champion Mike Miller, who will be an important outside shooter for the Grizzlies roster.
10-31-13: The Grizzlies have agreed to a four-year, $14 million extension with guard Quincy Pondexter.
10-18-13: The Memphis Grizzlies lost their first two preseason games, 106-87 to the Chicago Bulls and 95-90 to the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies had their best game of the preseason in their 102-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Quincy Pondexter led the team with 24 points and Marc Gasol had seven assists. Gasol is actually leading the team in assists during the preseason with 5.5 per game. Memphis still has four preseason games left:
- Oct 18 at Orlando
- Oct 20 at Atlanta
- Oct 23 at Toronto
- Oct 25 vs Houston
-23-13: The Memphis Grizzlies, in their first full year sans-Rudy Gay, will look to continue their physical, unselfish play and aim to keep themselves at the top of the Western Conference. While the Rockets, Clippers and Warriors made splashier moves this offseason, the Grizzlies aimed to make strategic adjustments to a proven formula. Memphis chose to not bring back former Head Coach Lionel Hollins and instead replaced him with his lead assistant, Dave Joerger. The team also brought back former Grizzlie Mike Miller as a free agent and traded for big man Kosta Koufos from Denver.
Memphis will open their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs, who swept the Grizzlies out of the Western Conference Finals last season, will come to town on Friday, November 22nd and again on Tuesday, January 7th. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit on Wednesday, December 11th and Tuesday, January 14th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Detroit Pistons
- November 25th – Houston Rockets
- December 5th – L.A. Clippers
- December 17th – L.A. Lakers
- April 9th – Miami Heat
8-15-13: The Grizzlies have traded Donte Greene to the Celtics for Fab Melo plus cash.
Grizzlies 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 2, Pick 11: SG Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State.
Round 2, Pick 25: PF Joffrey Lauvergne, France.
Round 2, Pick 30: SF Janis Timma, Latvia
6-12-13: Boasting what many might call the best front line in basketball, the Memphis Grizzles came very close to their first berth into the NBA finals in franchise history. Winning 56 games only earned them a 5 seed, however they were able to knock off the higher seeded Clippers and then the Thunder. Unfortunately the team fizzled out in the conference finals getting swept by a veteran Spurs team. More of the same lies ahead for this club; winning. With not much room to maneuver financially and no first round draft pick, one can assume that the grizzles will come back with much of the same roster. The question that remains is who will be their coach.
2-19-13: The Grizzles are a unique team because they cause such uncomfortable matchup problems for most elite opponents. Utilizing their size inside, Memphis is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the league. Currently at 33-18 the Grizz hold the Western conference 4 seed and also have the best point per game against average in the west. After trading Rudy Gay for what seemed to be a salary shedding move, we will see if the grizzles can be as effective in the playoffs as they were last year. Memphis will resume the second half of the season with winnable games against the bottom of the east. Memphis will certainly contend for the western crowd if all key players can stay healthy.
11-26-12: This Grizzlies team looks ready to contend. With back to back wins against the Thunder and Knicks, Memphis looks ready to take on any competition put in front of them. Memphis ranks in the top 12 in both scoring and scoring defense, a perfect recipe for a winning pedigree. At 9-2 they will face off against the Cavs and Raptors, both home game for the Grizz.