Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are a team of American professional basketball league NBA. Play their home games in the franchise in the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. They are members of the Southwest Division.

Club history

The team was founded in 1995 along with the Toronto Raptors with the enlargement of the NBA to Canada and was in Vancouver, British Columbia located. This origin explains the name " Grizzlies ". Due to the poor audience response and the continuing lack of success the team in 2001 moved to Memphis.

After the Grizzlies moved in three years in a row in the play-offs (2004 to 2006) and there were eliminated in the first round with 0-4, they had the 2006/07 season as the worst team in the league (only 22:60 victories) finish. Even during the season, coach Mike Fratello was dismissed and the interim coach Tony Barone sr. replaced. Barone was previously the Player Personnel Director of the Grizzlies and at that time had never coached an NBA game. Due to the weak season Jerry West told ahead of time that he would resign after 2006 /07 from his position as general manager.

For the season 2007/ 08 Chris Wallace was hired as the new general manager. Marc Iavaroni took over the post of head coaches, was replaced during the season by Lionel Hollins.

On February 1, 2008 Pau Gasol was traded for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and the Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers. In this trade they received the transfer rights over Pau Gasol Gasols brother Marc and the 1st round draft picks in 2008 and 2010 by the Lakers.

In July 2009, the Memphis Grizzlies were given in the context of a trade Zach Randolph of the Los Angeles Clippers. In return Darko Miličić moved to the New York Knicks and Quentin Richardson moved from New York to Los Angeles. The 2009/10 season began not very encouraging, as the recruited as the new star player Allen Iverson left the team after a few games and only one of the first nine games could be won. However, the play of the team improved greatly, which is mainly attributed to the improved performance of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Lionel Hollins was for the December 2009 honored as "Coach of the Month". With eleven recovered in Series home games presented the youngest team in the league at that time to a new franchise record.

In the 2010/11 season the team (only eight wins in the first 22 games) was to continue under the direction of Lionel Hollins, despite a moderate start with a final assessment of 46:36 in the playoffs. This success was mainly due to that the team is in contrast to the previous season acted as a unit. The most important single player was Zach Randolph, who in contrast to the previous season could increase again and again Season Double-Double reached ( 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game). But Tony Allen, who could enhance the defensive team especially, Mike Conley Jr., who made ​​the breakthrough in the upper class of point guards, and Rudy Gay, who was very important for the offensive of the team contributed to the success of the team at. The latter withdrew on 15 February 2011 against the Philadelphia 76ers to a violation and fell for the rest of the season including the playoffs. That's why Hasheem Thabeet was traded against Shane Battier to the Houston Rockets to a good replacement for him to get. In the playoffs, they could win against the San Antonio Spurs a game with 101:98 for the first time in the club's history on April 17, 2011. With three more wins, the Grizzlies moved into the second playoff round on 29 April 2011 ( 99:91 ). Thus, they were only the fourth team in NBA history that a team placed first in the first playoff round defeated. In the second round they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. After seven games, Memphis lost the series and thus retired. Despite the scarce leaving the season by far the most successful in the club's history has been.

In the 2011/12 season the Grizzlies once again reached the playoffs. Here they eliminated in the first round with almost 3:4 against the LA Clippers from. In the 2012/13 season Memphis started strong and was phased in the first few weeks, the team with the best record. At home win against the Dallas Mavericks on February 27, a residue of 25 points has been made up, which is a new franchise record. The 2012/2013 season ended the Grizzlies with a record of 56 wins and 26 defeats on Rank 5 of the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Grizzlies made ​​their way to the Conference Finals, but where they did with 0:4 victories against the San Antonio Spurs. Shortly thereafter, the Grizzlies announced that Lionel Hollins would get a new contract as head coach of the team.

Successor of Lionel Hollins was the former assistant coach David Joerger. Joerger was previously spent 6 years as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies and was awarded a contract as head coach in 2015.


The Vancouver Grizzlies played from 1995 to 2001 at General Motors Place ( 19,193 seats) in Vancouver, Canada. After moving to Memphis Grizzlies, they contested their home games at the Pyramid Arena. Since 2004, the FedExForum ( 18,165 seats) in the south of Downtown Memphis is the home of the Memphis Grizzlies Hall.

Reno Bighorns

The Reno Bighorns since 2011, the D -League farm team of the Grizzlies. There, players can the Grizzlies play matches if they did not make it into the solid rotation of the Grizzlies. Before the Grizzlies with the Dakota Wizards worked together. Among other things, Hasheem Thabeet went for a D -League team on because he could not prevail as hoped in the squad of the Grizzlies. In addition to the Grizzlies, the Bighorns with the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings work together. The allocation of the D -League teams to the NBA teams takes over the league lead in collaboration with the leadership of the NBA Development League.

Current squad

Honors and significant achievements