How fitting that the Grizzlies home opener at FedExForum begins with the same Oklahoma City Thunder team that it ended against last May. A 95-83 Grizzlies' win that day that forced a Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinals matchup against the Thunder. While Oklahoma City would go on to advance to the conference finals, their matchup against the Grizzlies was the start of the NBA's newest rivalry featuring two of the league's young, yet talented teams. This is the first of four meetings between the two clubs, who will play twice in the season's first 16 days.

The Grizzlies have more to prove this season than ever before.

As the Grizzlies’ charter flight from Oklahoma City landed at Wilson Air Center on the evening of May 15, Rudy Gay looked out the window, grabbed his camera, and took a snapshot of the thousands of Memphis’ fans gathered to welcome the team back from their Game 7 loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.