Vancouver Grizzlies

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The Vancouver Grizzlies were a Canadian professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia.wikipedia
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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 team was founded in 1995 as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies

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

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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The two expansion teams were denied early draft picks in the first season, but the Grizzlies secured Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996.
In his early NBA career, Abdur-Rahim was the star of the Vancouver Grizzlies for five seasons.

Vancouver Grizzlies relocation to Memphis

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After a failed attempt to sell the team to Bill Laurie, it was instead sold to Michael Heisley and subsequently moved to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2001–02 season.
The Vancouver Grizzlies relocation to Memphis was a successful effort by the ownership group of the Vancouver Grizzlies to move the team from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

Expansion team

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The team was established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada.

National Basketball Association

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They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 1995, the NBA expanded to Canada with the addition of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.

Arthur Griffiths (businessman)

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Arthur Griffiths, owner of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) through Northwest Sports Enterprises, announced in February 1993 that he hoped to bring an NBA franchise to Vancouver.
He is former owner of the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Grizzlies, and General Motors Place.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment

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After the 1998–99 lockout, lower attendance and a weak Canadian dollar caused the owner Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment to start losing money on the franchise.
As Vancouver executive Arthur Griffiths overspent building General Motors Place, where the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and the upcoming NBA expansion Vancouver Grizzlies would play, on March 1995 he associated with Seattle billionaire John McCaw, Jr. - then a co-owner of the Seattle Mariners - to form the Northwest Entertainment Group, which would control both teams and the arena.

Midwest Division (NBA)

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They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Stu Jackson

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The company hired Stu Jackson as general manager on 22 July, who was at the time head coach of the University of Wisconsin Badgers and, previously, head coach for the New York Knicks.
Jackson has coached the New York Knicks from 1989 to 1990, and the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997, and has also served as the Grizzlies' general manager.

1995 NBA expansion draft

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Five days later, the Grizzlies and Raptors attended the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.
The draft was held on June 24, 1995, so that the newly founded Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies could acquire players for the upcoming.

Bill Laurie

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After a failed attempt to sell the team to Bill Laurie, it was instead sold to Michael Heisley and subsequently moved to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2001–02 season.
He failed to acquire the Denver Nuggets in 1999, the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000, and the Charlotte Hornets in 2001.

Byron Scott

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Vancouver's first pick was Knicks' point guard Greg Anthony; other top players were guards Byron Scott and Gerald Wilkins, and swingman Blue Edwards.
During his playing career, Scott suited up for the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies.

Portland Trail Blazers

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The Grizzlies' first official contest was against the Portland Trail Blazers; both the first game and the following game against the Timberwolves were won.
The Trail Blazers are the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.

Naismith Cup

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Every year, except the 1998–99 season, the Grizzlies played the Raptors in the pre-season Naismith Cup, held at a neutral venue in Canada.
From the 1995 season through 2000, it was played between the two Canadian NBA rivals, the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies, at neutral venues across Canada.

Bryant Reeves

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In the first draft, the Grizzlies were sixth and selected center Bryant Reeves.
Reeves spent his entire career with the National Basketball Association's Vancouver Grizzlies, playing with the team from 1995 until 2001.

Western Conference (NBA)

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They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Benoit Benjamin

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The team also selected forward Kenny Gattison, center Benoit Benjamin, forward Larry Stewart, Rodney Dent, Antonio Harvey, Reggie Slater, Trevor Ruffin, Derrick Phelps and Doug Edwards.
A 7'0" center from Creighton University, Benjamin played for nine NBA teams in 15 seasons from 1985-2000. He played for the Clippers (1985–91), Seattle SuperSonics (1991–93), Los Angeles Lakers (1993, 1999 preseason), New Jersey Nets (1993–95), Vancouver Grizzlies (1995), Milwaukee Bucks (1995–96), Toronto Raptors (1996), Philadelphia 76ers (1998–99) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1999).

Vancouver

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The Vancouver Grizzlies were a Canadian professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) came to town in the form of the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995.

Doug Edwards

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The team also selected forward Kenny Gattison, center Benoit Benjamin, forward Larry Stewart, Rodney Dent, Antonio Harvey, Reggie Slater, Trevor Ruffin, Derrick Phelps and Doug Edwards.
Edwards played for the Hawks and Vancouver Grizzlies in 3 NBA seasons, averaging 2.4 ppg.

Blue Edwards

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Vancouver's first pick was Knicks' point guard Greg Anthony; other top players were guards Byron Scott and Gerald Wilkins, and swingman Blue Edwards.
He recorded the first triple-double in the history of the Vancouver Grizzlies (also his first) on March 1, 1996, against the Dallas Mavericks with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

Brian Winters

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Brian Winters was announced as head coach on 19 June.
Next, he was the inaugural coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies for a year and a half.

Greg Anthony

Vancouver's first pick was Knicks' point guard Greg Anthony; other top players were guards Byron Scott and Gerald Wilkins, and swingman Blue Edwards.
In 1995, Anthony was drafted in the expansion draft as the 1st pick (2nd overall) by the Vancouver Grizzlies, where he was the full-time starter at point guard for two seasons.

Kenny Gattison

The team also selected forward Kenny Gattison, center Benoit Benjamin, forward Larry Stewart, Rodney Dent, Antonio Harvey, Reggie Slater, Trevor Ruffin, Derrick Phelps and Doug Edwards.
A 6'8" forward-center, he in nine NBA seasons for 3 different teams. He played for the Phoenix Suns (1986–87, 1988), Charlotte Hornets (1989–95) and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995–96). On February 22, 1996 he was traded by the Grizzlies to the Orlando Magic, and on August 9, 1996 the Magic traded him to Utah Jazz, but he did not appear in any games for those teams.

1997 NBA draft

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In the draft, Vancouver selected Antonio Daniels with the fourth pick.