Mike Bibby, best known for his time in Sacramento alongside C-Webb and Vlade Divac, started his career in Vancouver, when the Grizzlies drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft from the University of Arizona. Bibby played his first three NBA seasons in Vancouver. In addition to playing for Sacramento (where he was traded shortly after the Grizzlies announced their move to Memphis), he also suited up for Atlanta, Washington, Miami and New York.
He retired from the NBA in 2012, but played this past summer in the Big3 League, the three-on-three basketball league founded by Ice Cube.
Bibby played 14 seasons (1998-2012) in the NBA and averaged 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Bibby said the city can “definitely” support another team — at least its basketball fans can. “Fans got the short end of the stick,” said Bibby when asked about the Grizzlies tenure. “We weren’t winning any games. I probably wouldn’t have came to watch us either. It was tough for them. We were out there fighting as a young team. “ When the team first came here, the team was young. It’s tough for any expansion team to get off the ground and our veterans were 22 years old, 23 years old.” “We weren’t winning so there wasn’t that many people in the stands so that might have played into why they moved the team,” said Bibby, who lives in Phoenix where he coached his teenage son who now plays for the University of South Florida. “Winning solves everything,” he said. “If you win, there is nothing they can do and we weren’t winning.