An American professional basketball team owned by Robert Pera, Memphis Grizzlies competes in the National Basketball Association as a member team of the Western Conference Southwest Division. The team is based in Memphis, Tennessee and their home games are held at FedExForum. Originally founded as the Vancouver Grizzlies, the team moved to Memphis, after the conclusion of the 2000-2001 NBA season.
The Grizzlies celebrated their 10th year of basketball in Memphis in the 2010-2011 season. The team’s fan base showed great enthusiasm for the season. The Grizzlies was also placed 8th in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Grizzlies finished with a record of 46-36. The team joined the post-season for the first time in 5 years in the 2010-2011 NBA season, after their home victory over the Sacramento Kings on the 8th of April 2011. The score was 101-96.
The Grizzlies is known for their Grit and Grind basketball style and inside-out offense. In the 2010-11 season, they had the most steals per game and were the highest scoring team. During the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the team achieved a number of firsts in NBA history. They entered the playoffs as an 8th seed and won their 1st playoff game on the 17th of April 2011 against San Antonio Spurs. The score was 101-98.
With a score of 91-88, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Spurs on the 23rd of April 2011, taking their first home playoff game win. The team again beat the Spurs on the 29th of April in their first playoff series. The score was 99-91. This was the only 2nd times in a best-of-7 series and 4th time that an 8 seed beat a 1 seed. The team’s historic season came to a conclusion when they were defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in game seven of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Memphis Motor Sports is a car racing park situated across Loosahatchie River from Memphis. It opened in 1987 with a road course (1.8-mile) and a drag strip. A tri-oval short track (3/4-mile) was constructed in 1998. It once hosted an ASA Late Model Series competition, as well as, NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Events like the Super Chevy Show, Professional Drag Racers Association, Mega Mopar Action Series and Fun Ford Series, were also hosted in the 4,400-foot drag strip.
Ed Gatlin established the Memphis Motor Sports in 1986, together with a group of investors. They purchased a 400-acre land in northeast Shelby County, Tennessee and constructed a drag strip with an adjacent go-kart track, road course and dirt track. The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach purchased the whole facility in 1996. In 1997, a 3/4-mile tri-oval was built on the location of the old dirt track. A new dirt track was constructed on the location of the old go-kart track. The tri-oval opened on the 5th of June 1998.
Dover Motorsports, Inc. acquired Memphis Motor Sports the following month. Lack of finances caused the facility to close on the 30th of October 2009. Dover Motorsports declared that it’s terminating all operations at the park, and that it wouldn’t be endorsing any events in Memphis, in 2010. The facility was under a sale agreement to Gulf Coast Entertainment, but the latter failed to produce the funds. The facility was auctioned off by Dover Motorsports on the 14th of December2010 to Palm Beach International Raceway for an amount of $1.9 million.
The deal between Dover Motorsports and Palm Beach International was finalized and Memphis Motor Sports re-opened in April 2011. It was renamed, ‘Memphis International Raceway’, and a new logo was also made to reflect the change.