Head Coach: Dave Joerger
Team Icon: Vince Carter
D-League Affiliate: Iowa Energy
Memphis Tigers (NCAA)
Here is another great example of a team having a name that made a lot of sense before said team relocated. Memphis started in Vancouver and
was going to be named the Mounties, but even the Canadian Mounted Police were strongly against this brilliantly horrible idea. So yet another
name-the-team contest ensued.
Ownership wanted to name their new team something descriptive of the region, and since Mounties was off the table they went with Grizzlies
which was a popular choice among fans. When Vancouver relocated to Memphis in 2002 team owners were looking to rename the franchise, but fans were
supportive of the Grizzlies name and they stuck with it.
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