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Could Vancouver support another NBA team NOW? @nba @nbacanada @nbatv #vancitygrizz #nbacanada #nbavancouver #nba

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Bibby at the meet and greet in Vancouver, Metrotown today! Good to have the legend back in town! #mikebibby #vancouverwantsitall #nbacanada #vancitygrizz #nbaxnike

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@VancouverGrizzlies Restock!! Bringing back one of the rarely seen Vancouver Grizzlies logos. This logo pays homage to the aboriginal people of Canada with the totem pole design and look. The Grizzlies New Era fitted Hat is all black and features a gray under Brim. The coloring is in the logo and features different metallic options. Featuring metallic copper, gold and silver along with hints of white and black in the logo.
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Grail achieved!!! 🙌🏼 so stoked to finally get an authentic! #bringbackthegrizzlies #bringbackthegrizz

WHAT IF..... Would you have wanted to see Nash in a Grizzlies Uniform? #stevenash #nba #grizzlies #vancouvergrizzlies #vancitygrizz

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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. He also played for Sacramento (where he was traded shortly after the Grizzlies announced their move to Memphis), 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.

Byron Scott (@officialbyronscott) was selected in the expansion draft during its inaugural season, and played for the Grizz in the 1995-1996 season. He came off the bench, and played 80 games while averaging 10.2 points. Scott was a 3 time NBA champion with the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers as he was looked upon as the main veteran force for Vancouver, hence why he was well known and well respected. After 1 year with the Grizzlies, he returned to the Los Angeles Lakers for his final year prior to retirement. He then went onto coaching, and coached for the New Orleans Hornets, New Jersy Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers. He led the New Jersy Nets led by Jason Kidd to back to back NBA finals appearances.

What Stromile Swift aka the "Stro Show" could have done for Vancouver is what Vince Carter did for the Toronto Raptors. Having high flyers and hyper athletic athletes were an essential & integral component of attracting fans in a predominant hockey market in the mid 90s.
Swift graduated from Fair Park High School in Louisana. The Vancouver Grizzlies made Swift the No. 2 overall pick out of Louisiana State University during the 2000 NBA draft. Swift never reached his full potential due to injuries and the emergence of All-Star Pau Gasol.
He averaged 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in his rookie year & only year in Vancouver before playing for Memphis, Houston, New Jersey, and Phoenix. Swift hasn't played basketball since 2010 when he signed with the Shandong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

If you haven't read these articles by the @dailyhivevancouver and @dailyhiverob go check them out! 5-part series detailing the case for an NBA team in Vancouver today!

Hoop fans from BC often cringe when they hear the name Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year at Oklahoma State.  After a quiet freshman campaign, Big Country erupted for 19.5 points on 62.1 percent shooting and 10.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Reeves' ascension continued through his senior season, when he led the fourth-seeded Cowboys to the 1995 Final Four. Through the first four rounds, he waged war with a quartet of future NBA bigs—and impressed every time he played them. He outplayed Malik Rose, Antonio McDyess, Tim Duncan & Marcus Camby on the way to the 1995 Final Four.
A star in the college ranks, Reeves had the most notable name of any player left on the draft board. More importantly, he brought his country size frame that the Grizzlies craved to anchor their interior.

Quality size in the NBA looked dramatically different then from how it does now. The All-Star rosters for Reeves' rookie season featured the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Dikembe Mutombo.

Big bodies were an essential element of survival then, and the Grizzlies viewed Reeves as their best option. He mostly looked the part as an NBA rookie, tallying 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 31.9 minutes per game.

On the court, Reeves' style appeared better suited for college. He played at a plodding place and lived below the rim. His lack of explosiveness carried fatal-flaw potential in a league littered with world-class athletes.

He averaged 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a sophomore, then upped the ante with 16.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting, 7.9 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks the next year. He had 25 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds during that stretch, which tied for the 18th most in the NBA.

Reeves had enough of those moments that the Grizzlies rewarded him with a six-year, $61.8 million dollar extension. The rate looked relatively reasonable through the following campaign, but the 1998-99 lockout proved costly for both the player and the franchise.

Imagine if Vancouver stayed around 1 year longer and drafted Yao Ming from China. It definitely wouldn't be a stretch to say that the city of Richmond would have sold out the majority of home games to witness the global icon. The gateway to Asia is paramount in Vancouver as there’s several billionaires from China that live here that would be potential owners, never mind potential supporters of the team at one level or another. “There’s no question that Vancouver demographically has a decidedly large population from Asia and in particular, mainland China,” former Vancouver Grizzlies owner Arthur Griffiths told Daily Hive. “The appetite, appreciation, and excitement from my friends that are from Beijing, Shanghai and so on, for basketball, is outstanding. It actually surprised me.”

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Happy Birthday to my little bro, @brittonstuart #tbt to your bachelor weekend last March and that time when we went 🎣in Clearwater wearing funny NBA jerseys. #bryantreeves #bigcountry #vancitygrizz #vancouvergrizzlies #vancouver #604 #90s #90snba

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This 2 time NBA MVP from Victoria, B.C would be a great asset to help spearhead the NBA back to Vancouver. In an interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge, Steve Nash talks about when the Grizzlies left Vancouver:

I think the Vancouver situation is unfair and I think Vancouver deserves a team. It's one of the premier cities in the world and in North America. I think the team was unfairly taken and I think the commissioner would probably agree with that -- at the time it was probably difficult for him to feel that way, but they had one general manager in the history of the franchise and they never succeeded.

I think the city deserved another chance -- another general manager, some fresh blood, an opportunity to succeed, and see how the fans and corporate sponsors responded. I thought that the fans were great considering they were a losing franchise, perennially so. It's a shame and I think all of the players feel that way.

WHAT IF..... Would you have wanted to see Nash in a Grizzlies Uniform? #stevenash #nba #grizzlies #vancouvergrizzlies #vancitygrizz

Lottery team expansion rules? Big Country and his contract? Steve Francis? Stu Jackson? Canadian dollar? Michael Heisley? Players unfamiliar with Canada? Too much rain? Ownership? Not drafting Vince Carter? Slam magazine dived into the Grizzlies experiment while in Vancouver as they began their 20th year in Memphis at the begining of 2015/2016 season. Feel free to share some thoughts below on why you think it failed the first time but WILL SUCCEED the second go around. Stay tuned for much much more.

Vancouver's own @bobbysacre setting BC hoop fans into a frenzy with this tweet last month. Rob Sacre, a North Vancouver product agrees with the thousands upon thousands of BC hoop fans that Vancouver needs a NBA team back asap. Of course it will come down to the right ownership group, however we as fans need to make a statement loud & clear that we are long overdue for NBA Basketball to make its return. There's no better way to send shockwaves throughout the NBA in this day of social media.

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