Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee.wikipedia
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The Grizzlies play their home games at FedExForum.
It is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the NCAA Division I men's basketball program of the University of Memphis, both of whom previously played home games at Pyramid Arena.

Southwest Division (NBA)

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The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division.
The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs.

Western Conference (NBA)

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The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Vancouver Grizzlies relocation to Memphis

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After the 2000–01 season concluded, the Grizzlies moved to Memphis.
The team began play as the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001–02 season.

Vancouver Grizzlies

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The team was originally established as the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the.
Following the 2000–01 season, the team relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, United States, being subsequently known as the Memphis Grizzlies.

2001 NBA draft

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In the 2001 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks chose Pau Gasol as the third overall pick, trading him to the Grizzlies.
This was the last draft the Vancouver Grizzlies participated in while in their original city; their move to Memphis was finalized several weeks later.

Pau Gasol

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In the 2001 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks chose Pau Gasol as the third overall pick, trading him to the Grizzlies.
He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, and is one of only three non-American NBA players to have won that award.

Expansion team

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The team was originally established as the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the.

Jason Williams (basketball, born 1975)

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They also acquired Jason Williams from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Mike Bibby that same year.
Williams also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic throughout his career.

Midwest Division (NBA)

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They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The 2003–04 season, the division's last-ever season, consisted of seven teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Denver Nuggets, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz.

Mike Miller (basketball, born 1980)

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After West's arrival the team was changed a great deal from Knight's team, with the removal of Sidney Lowe as head coach after 0–8 start to the season and a great deal of player movement, with players such as Mike Miller and James Posey becoming vital to the team's success.
He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Denver Nuggets.

Jerry West

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After Knight's departure and the season, the team hired former Los Angeles Laker and Hall of Famer Jerry West as general manager in 2002, who later received the 2003–04 NBA Executive of the Year Award.
In 2002, West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berths.

2000–01 NBA season

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After the 2000–01 season concluded, the Grizzlies moved to Memphis.

Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada

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The Grizzlies are currently the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the city of Memphis, and is the only professional basketball team in the state of Tennessee.
While only one MLB team, the San Diego Padres, is located in a city that has no other major league team, seven NBA teams are located in cities devoid of any additional "big four" franchises: Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City).

Bonzi Wells

After the season, which ended with anger between Fratello and many of the players, namely Bonzi Wells and Jason Williams, the team had an active 2005 off-season in which they revamped the team and added veterans.
In the NBA, Wells played for five teams from 1998 to 2008: the Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and New Orleans Hornets.

2002–03 NBA season

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During the 2002–03 season, Hubie Brown was hired to coach the Grizzlies.

Damon Stoudamire

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While the Grizzlies lost Wells, Williams, Stromile Swift, and James Posey, they acquired Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, and Eddie Jones.
He played collegiately at the University of Arizona, and professionally for the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.

Mike Fratello

At the time of his resignation, the Grizzlies had a losing record but West hired TNT analyst and former coach Mike Fratello to replace Brown.
He previously coached the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA), served as NBC's lead analyst, served as YES Network's color commentator/studio analyst for the Brooklyn Nets and was also the head coach of the Ukraine national basketball team.

James Posey

After West's arrival the team was changed a great deal from Knight's team, with the removal of Sidney Lowe as head coach after 0–8 start to the season and a great deal of player movement, with players such as Mike Miller and James Posey becoming vital to the team's success. While the Grizzlies lost Wells, Williams, Stromile Swift, and James Posey, they acquired Damon Stoudamire, Bobby Jackson, Hakim Warrick, and Eddie Jones.
After finishing the season with the Rockets, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent in the 2003 off-season.

Toronto Raptors

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The team was established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada.
The relocation of the Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001, as the Memphis Grizzlies, left Toronto as the NBA's only Canadian team.

Marc Iavaroni

The team also hired Marc Iavaroni, who was previously with the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach, to be the team's new head coach.
Marcus John Iavaroni (born September 15, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player and former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Rudy Gay

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Following the 2006 NBA draft, Jerry West traded Shane Battier to the Houston Rockets for their first round pick Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift.
The 6'8" small forward played college basketball for the University of Connecticut before being drafted eighth overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets; he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies days later.

2004–05 NBA season

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Brown stepped down as head coach during the 2004–05 season.

Chris Wallace (basketball)

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On June 18, 2007, the Grizzlies named former Boston Celtics general manager Chris Wallace as the team's general manager and vice president of basketball operations, replacing the retired West.
He most recently served as general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Atlanta Hawks

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In the 2001 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks chose Pau Gasol as the third overall pick, trading him to the Grizzlies.
In 2001, the Hawks drafted Spanish star Pau Gasol 3rd, but his rights were ceded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade involving Shareef Abdur-Rahim.