Vancouver Grizzlies in History

Events in Sport

  • 1995-11-03 First NBA game at Rose Garden in Portland; Trail Blazers lose 92-80 to Vancouver Grizzlies
  • 1995-11-05 First NBA game at General Motors Place in Vancouver; Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98 in OT
  • 1995-12-10 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • 1996-04-02 Vancouver Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-103 at General Motors Place Arena to end their NBA single-season record 23-game consecutive loss streak
  • 1998-01-23 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers

Sports History

1999-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building

  • 2018-12-31 Houston guard James Harden scores 43 points in Rockets' 113-101 win over Memphis Grizzlies; 4th straight NBA game with 40+ points and 8th straight with 35+; joins Oscar Robertson as only player with at least 35 points & 5 assists in 8 straight games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1940-04-16 Dick Versace, American basketball coach (Bradley University, Indiana Pacers), broadcaster (TNT) and executive (GM Memphis Grizzlies), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • 1952-03-01 Brian Winters, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1976, 78; Milwaukee Bucks) and coach (Vancouver Grizzlies; Golden State Warriors), born in Rockaway, New York
  • 1961-03-28 Byron Scott, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1962-04-09 Jeff Turner, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Bangor, Maine
  • 1962-08-05 Otis Thorpe, American NBA forward. 1984-2001 (Sacramento Kings. Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, and 5 other teams), born in Boynton Beach Florida
  • 1967-11-15 Greg Anthony, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1968-06-14 Eric Murdock, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat), born in Somerville, New Jersey
  • 1968-09-14 Pete Chilcutt, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1969-07-24 Chris King, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1969-10-18 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1969-11-25 Anthony Peeler, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970-05-26 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970-06-12 Lee Mayberry, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1970-09-03 George Lynch, American basketball forward and college coach (Charlotte/NO Hornets; UNC NCAA title 1993), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1970-12-12 Ivano Newbill, American NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sedalia, Missouri
  • 1972-03-25 Lawrence Moten, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973-02-17 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973-06-08 Bryant Reeves, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1975-03-19 Antonio Daniels, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1976-12-11 Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1981-04-01 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball power forward and captain (Ilysiakos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid; NBA: Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Maroussi, Greece

Deaths in Sport

  • 2022-02-25 Dick Versace, American basketball coach (Bradley University, Indiana Pacers), broadcaster (TNT) and executive (GM Memphis Grizzlies), dies at 81