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Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies
NBA Team
NameMemphis Grizzlies
ConferenceWestern Conference
DivisionSouthwest Division
Founded1995
HistoryVancouver Grizzlies
1995 2001
Memphis Grizzlies
2001 present
ArenaFedExForum
CityMemphis, Tennessee
ColorsMemphis Midnight Blue, Beale Street Blue, Smoke Blue, Grizzlies Gold, White
         
OwnerMichael Heisley
General managerChris Wallace
Head coachLionel Hollins
D-League affiliateReno Bighorns
Championships0
Conference titles0
Division titles0

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The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The team is part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Along with the Toronto Raptors, the Grizzlies were established in 1995 as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada. The team originated that year in Vancouver, British Columbia and relocated to Memphis in 2001. The team's majority owner is Michael Heisley, who controls a 95% share of the franchise; the remaining 5% is controlled by several local owners, including AutoZone founder J. R. ("Pitt") Hyde, his wife Barbara Hyde, equity manager Staley Cates, and former NBA player and University of Memphis point guard Elliot Perry.

While two other teams in Tennessee (Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators) in the four major North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) play in Nashville, the Grizzlies are the only team currently to play in Memphis.


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