When Vancouver was awarded an expansion franchise in 1994 to begin play the following season, the team’s owners had tentative plans to name the team the Mounties. The Royal Mounted Canadian Police and fans alike objected, so team officials resumed their search for a name. The local newspaper sponsored a name-the-team contest, which club officials monitored before choosing Grizzlies, an indigenous species to the area, over Ravens. When the team relocated to Memphis before the 2001-02 season, FedEx was prepared to offer the Grizzlies $100 million to rename the team the Express, but the NBA rejected the proposal.

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In return to Memphis, former deputy AD Wren Baker sees promise for Tigers, new-look AAC

Before his team takes on the Tigers on Saturday afternoon in a preview of a future American Athletic Conference matchup, Baker said he’s as confident as ever in the Tigers’ brand and the new-look league. I need to read more from this story

Memphis Grizzlies

Klay Thompson not pleased with 2K giving him same three-point rating as Luke Kennard and Desmond Bane

Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson didn’t appear too pleased with his rating on NBA 2K23, receiving an 88 for three-point shooting, the same as both Desmond Bane and Luke Kennard. I need to read more from this story