The Memphis Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference, where the team has earned a trip to the 2013 Western Conference Finals and has made 10 playoff appearances, including a franchise-record seven straight postseason berths from 2010‑11 to 2016‑17.
Robert J. Pera has served as the Controlling Owner of the Grizzlies since his ownership group acquired the team in 2012. Under Pera’s stewardship, the Grizzlies have experienced unprecedented success, including a club-record 56-win campaign during the 2012-13 season.
The franchise was established in 1995 as the Vancouver Grizzlies and played six seasons in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis in 2001. The Grizzlies became the first major professional sports team from the “big four” major pro sports leagues to make its home in Memphis. From 2001-2004 the Grizzlies played their games in the Pyramid Arena at the banks of the Mississippi River. In the fall of 2004, the team moved to its current home at FedExForum.
Located in the heart of downtown Memphis next to the world-famous Beale Street, FedExForum has hosted the Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers since its 2004 opening. Since the $250 million arena opened in September 2004, millions of fans have enjoyed basketball games, concerts and events at FedExForum. The arena has become synonymous with unprecedented “Fans First” service, a principle which helped lead the Grizzlies and FedExForum being ranked as the best overall professional franchise in ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 Ultimate Standings, a composite ranking of all 122 franchises across the four major North American professional sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL).
In the 2017-18 season, the Grizzlies established its affiliate NBA G League team, the Memphis Hustle. The Grizzlies became the 19th NBA team to own and operate a NBA G League affiliate while the league grew to 27 teams for the 2018-19 season. The Hustle finished its inaugural season with a 21-29 record. Currently led by head coach Brad Jones, the Hustle practice at the Built Ford Tough Facility inside FedExForum and play home games 20 minutes from downtown Memphis at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
With a multitude of sports dominating the Greater Memphis area and the Mid-South, Grind City Media was founded in September 2016 as a digital content arm of the organization to chronicle the Grizzlies’ run through each NBA season, two newer ventures in the Memphis Hustle and Grizz Gaming, and sports and entertainment throughout the Mid-South. Grind City Media not only focuses on the day-to-day of Memphis basketball, but it also covers college and professional sports as a whole through various mediums of written features, columns, videos, podcasts and more.
Also in 2017, Grizz Gaming competed in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, a professional competitive gaming league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., which brings together the world’s best basketball gamers in the first official eSports league operated by a United States professional sports league. Grizz Gaming’s presenting sponsor, America’s Navy, involves a comprehensive integration of America’s Navy within all aspects of the Grizz Gaming team identity and led to the establishment of the Grizz Gaming Command Center, a state-of-the-art practice facility located in the administration building at FedExForum.