NBA to Vancouver Rally! October 17 2019 Before NBA Preseason Game

The NBA is coming to Vancouver, and Vancouver is going to let it be known that we want an NBA team back. A rally will be held before the Clippers/Mavericks game on October 17 2019. Fans are encouraged to wear their best Grizzlies gear for a shot at prizes and glory. Glory? Read on…

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This rally is being promoted in partnership with @FindBigC, the film lead by Grizzlies superfan Kat Jayme.

Also along for the ride are the Dropping Dimes Podcast, and the @VanCityNBA Instagram account.

This will be step one of an ongoing collaboration between these people, and a few others, that will bring the NBA back to Vancouver.

We need you to start making noise with us, and sustain it, if we want this to happen. This is the first step. Take it with us.

Already going to the game? Get there early for…

…fabulous prizes! There will be giveaways of shirts and stickers for early fans in Grizzlies gear. There’s also a shot at lasting fame…but you’re going to have to show up and see what that is. 😉

Vancouver entering the NBA once more can, and should, happen. The fan support here, year after year during the NBA Canada Series clearly shows this. Remember last year?

Nuff said, true believer. I’ll see you October 17 before the Clippers/Mavericks game!

CBC: Raptors Win Leading to a New Vancouver NBA Team

“Canada! The NBA title is YOURS!”

Those words, from the mouth of my man Matty D, rang true to the ears of this life-long basketball fan from Ontario. Living in Vancouver though, I could only think of one thing sweeter: “Vancouver! The NBA title is YOURS!”

The Raptors win has lead to lots of speculation on the NBA returning to Vancouver after the explosion of fan support across the country. I saw the party on Granville street after the Raptors win, and this in a city which usually turns its nose up to ANYTHING the people of Toronto achieve.

The video has some very encouraging and revealing quotes:

“We need the Grizzlies to come back. We need a basketball team here. That’s what we need.”
Guy celebrating the Raps win, first comment is still we need a team in Vancouver

“I’m convinced that it could come back. It’s just a matter of timing.” Arthur Griffiths, former Grizzlies owner

“In retrospect, I wish we had a team in Vancouver right now. I think, clearly, Canada can handle two teams.” Adam Silver NBA Commissioner

“There’s just no doubt in my mind that we’d be one of those stories in sport where I think we’d go years and years and years without an empty seat.”Arthur Griffiths

Fans want the team back, a former owner knows we’d be a success, and even the commissioner of the league openly states that there should be a team here and regrets that there isn’t.

This will only change with your voice, your effort, and your time. Sign up for email updates below and start pushing along with the rest of us here at NBAtoVancouver.com!

Original Live Broadcast of Michael Heisley Buying the Vancouver Grizzlies

Another moment in “ah dammit” Vancouver sports history. This is the original live broadcast on TSN, interupting a spirited ladies tennis match, where we see Stan McCammon (remember him? The guy who blew the Gretzky to Canucks deal) start out with the following lies:

  • How this is a big day for sports fans in Vancouver
  • That this is a big day for Vancouver Grizzlies basketball fans
  • How this will bring more stability for Vancouver Grizzlies fans and make the team more successful
  • That the future looks brighter for the team
  • That Vancouver is going to feel good about the new ownership

Bang on work there Stan, oh and Vancouver did fine without Gretzky…right? All those Stanley Cup wins…

Then, good lord and then, Michael Heisley gets in one good joke (about wearing the most expensive leather jacket in Canada) before getting to the real jokes:

  • He affirms his commitment to the Vancouver Grizzlies, their fans, and the city of Vancouver. The city that no longer has an NBA team
  • He intends to do everything in his power to make the Grizzlies a success in Vancouver. The team which then quickly moved to Memphis
  • He states that he’s committed to this market. Apparently a commitment meant a year to him
  • He commits to building a winning team. A team which then lost more games than any other franchise

Michael Heisley told many lies during his first presser, but got one thing right: this is the greatest game, the greatest sport in the world. Then he lied his face off.

Another point he made I agree with is this: There’s a bright future for pro basketball in Vancouver. There is. It starts now with you joining in and taking part.

Side note: Jim van Horne’s mustache game back then is unequaled by anyone in modern media. What a magnificent example of dad-like facial hair.

18 years later. Still mad.

Bryant Reeves Highlights, March 13 2000 vs. Sonics

Here’s a glorious video of Big Country doing what he was supposed to do until the injury with a stat line of 31pts/12rebs/4asts versus the Seattle Supersonics. Not a bad stat line, Big C!

In this video you’ll see Bryant:

  • In top goatee form
  • Go 8 for 8 in the first quarter for 17 points
  • Score 25 points by the first half
  • Hit from the elbow off a sweet pick and roll
  • Get up fast on a rebound from a Bibby miss and lay it up with power
  • Sky hook like Kareem
  • Dish the ball when he’s double teamed to Harrington for layups twice
  • Hit a nasty turnaround jumper from 15 feet out
  • Grab a rebound out of the air and put it back up before hitting the ground

This was one of his finest games for the Grizzlies, and you can hear Vancouver’s fans cheer him on with glee. Vancouver always loved the NBA, it would be everything to cheer again.

Here is the box score from that game:

Vancouver Grizzlies (18-46) Table
BasiBasiBasiBasiBasiBasiBasiBasiBasiBasi
Starters MP FG FGA 3P 3PA TRB AST STL BLK PTS
Dennis Scott24:584846030012
Mike Bibby40:5361504392112
Shareef Abdur-Rahim38:5151701732217
Michael Dickerson36:4751203320112
Bryant Reeves33:491316011240031
Othella Harrington22:53460060009
Doug West18:17110033102
Grant Long16:17230051204
Felipe L�pez7:15230012004
Team Totals2404281415402774103
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2019.

Quick Video on How Vancouver Lost the Grizzlies

I figured that we may as well get to the unpleasant-ness sooner rather than later. This video by Andy Hoops looks at Vancouver lost their team, looking at these points:

  • Vinsanity propelled the Raptors while the Grizzlies lacked a star on his level
  • Low attendance during the last two years (after 4 seasons of being mid-pack despite having an bad team. Vancouver fans still showed up)
  • Weak Canadian dollar at the time
  • The NBA’s lack of promotion of basketball in Vancouver
  • …Steve Francis…

He misses a few key points–such as the NBA purposely hamstringing the Raptors and Grizzlies in the draft by preventing them from getting the first pick, and limiting their salary cap the first two years–but what really strikes me about this video is the fact that it has over 320,000 views.

Are you seeing this, NBA? A guy with just over 300,000 subscribers has over 320,000 views on a video about the Grizzlies leaving. Why?

Because people keep searching for answers about something which upsets them. They’re still passionate. We want an NBA team in Vancouver.

I had the pleasure of talking to Andy of Andy Hoops recently, and I asked him what he thought about Vancouver losing their team and the NBA returning to Vancouver:

“I think right now is the perfect time for Vancouver to have a team. The city has grown a lot in the last few years and basketball interest in the area is at an all-time high.” From: NBAtoVancouver.com

I nodded my head with a big HELL YES, and he continued:

“It wasn’t like 20 years ago when the NBA was still in the baby stages of expanding into Canada. Nowadays, Canadians love basketball and they’d love to have another team to root for. It could create a new BC vs. Ontario rivalry for basketball, and that’s going to help the sport’s popularity even more. “

Andy is my kind of guy, and I agree completely with him on everything except the BC/Ontario rivalry. As someone who has lived in both ONT and BC for many years, BC thinks they have a rivalry with ONT while ONT doesn’t think about BC. What we need is that I5 rivalry with Portland and Seattle back! Cascadia rumble!!!!!

Andy has a great YouTube channel all about basketball that you should watch and subscribe to. Some of his videos break 10 million views, it’s really quality stuff.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim Highlights

Reef was one of, if not the, best men to wear the teal. Watch this video to see him school Shaq with a high-bank off the glass, dunk hard on Marburry, make deft passes, and charge to the hoop like he’s the only one out there. Stick around and watch Big Country with one of the laziest nice assists you’ll see…

Clips include his time with the Grizzlies, Kings, and Hawks. You’ll see his athleticism, his ability to hit shots in the face of any defender, and the dunks that delighted basketball fans throughout the late 90s and early 00s.

Big shout out to Reef as the current NBA G League president. Get a word in with the @NBA president on a team coming back to Vancouver, Reef! @ShareefAbdur_R

Player stats

Per Game Table
Season Tm Pos G FG% 3P 2P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97VANPF80.4530.1.457.7462.74.26.92.21.01.02.82.518.7
1997-98VANSF82.4850.3.488.7842.84.37.12.61.10.93.12.522.3
1998-99VANSF50.4320.2.438.8412.35.27.53.41.41.13.72.723.0
1999-00VANSF82.4650.4.478.8092.77.410.13.31.11.13.03.020.3
2000-01VANSF81.4720.1.487.8342.26.99.13.11.11.02.92.920.5
2001-02ATLPF77.4610.3.470.8012.66.59.03.11.31.13.22.821.2
2002-03ATLPF81.4780.3.485.8412.26.28.43.01.10.52.63.019.9
2003-04TOTPF85.4750.1.482.8692.25.37.52.00.80.42.22.616.3
2003-04ATLPF53.4850.1.493.8802.76.79.32.40.80.42.52.820.1
2003-04PORPF32.4470.1.451.8321.53.04.51.50.80.61.72.310.0
2004-05PORPF54.5030.3.510.8662.35.07.32.10.90.52.22.816.8
2005-06SACPF72.5250.1.536.7841.53.55.02.10.70.61.53.212.3
2006-07SACC80.4740.0.484.7261.53.55.01.40.70.51.53.09.9
2007-08SACPF6.2140.0.2141.0001.00.71.70.70.20.00.21.51.7
Career830.4720.2.480.8102.35.37.52.51.00.82.62.818.1
5 seasonsVAN375.4640.2.472.8012.55.78.22.91.11.03.12.720.8
3 seasonsATL211.4730.2.481.8352.46.48.92.91.10.72.82.820.4
3 seasonsSAC158.4960.1.506.7601.53.44.81.70.60.51.43.010.7
2 seasonsPOR86.4870.2.493.8572.04.26.21.80.80.52.02.614.3
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/23/2019.

Finding Bryant “Big Country” Reeves May Help Vancouver Find a Team

I have recently had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with filmmaker Kat Jayme. She is the writer/director/star of “Finding Big Country”, now on Prime and a selection from the 2018 Vancouver Internal Film Festival. Here’s a taste:

Her movie on Bryant “Big Country” Reeves has inspired basketball fans all over the province of BC and beyond to stand up and say “Hey, I want the NBA back to Vancouver as well!” She’s the reason I bought this domain and got to work on what I do best…building websites.

Her work on this film has made her the defacto “Grizzlies Superfan,” right to the point of meeting the legend himself…Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia!

This was filmed by NBA TV Canada. They heard Kat. They can hear us, all of us, if we unite. They know fans want a team in Vancouver. We all need to continue to be heard, continue to share our stories of the team, and one day I’ll see you all at the arena with a basketball jersey emblazoned with VANCOUVER across the chest.

To make that happen we need to:

  • Use #NBAVancouver when we post about anything basketball related on social media.
  • Share this website until it’s heard because it will tell your stories, our stories, about our love for the game.
  • Sign the petition below to put our names on what we want.
  • Subscribe to this site so that when something new goes up it is shared with the world.

This is VanCity B-ball Boy talking to you. I am one man putting his money where his heart is by buying and building this site. I can’t do this on my own the same as you can’t do this on your own, the same as Kat–Superfan that she is–can’t do this on her own, but we can all do this together.

Are you in?

Vancouver Deserves the NBA: The NBA Deserves Vancouver

My friends call me by another name, but you can call me VanCity B-ball Boy. I have been watching basketball since around 1988 when MJ23 set the whole world on fire and showed everyone what it meant to fly. What it meant to have a goal and drive towards it…that goal being the hoop and a nasty slam on everyone who tried to stop him.

Watching MJ23, Scottie, and the rest of the Bulls win a championship when they were my team was special…but not quite as special as it should have been. Not as special as when my local (I grew up in Ontario) Blue Jays won the World Series back-to-back and I literally jumped for joy. Something was missing. Something that would have me singing about it decades later.

That thing, of course, was that they weren’t really my team. They repped Chicago, a different city in a different country.

Then in 1995 the Raptors came.

Then this past year the Raptors became the NBA Champions.

I flew from my home in Vancouver to Toronto for the parade, tattooed the trophy and the Raptor on my leg, and spent over $3000 in total on the Raptors.

Basketball made my life worth living when I was a depressed child and couldn’t afford to play hockey but found friends on b-ball courts all over, and it really hit me deeply when my home team came into the league and I could watch them and say that they were mine.

I now want everyone in Vancouver–my adopted home I have spent 6 years in and came back to after travelling the world because I knew where my heart was and is–to feel that same elation I felt as Kyle Lowry rode by me holding the trophy on those big red buses and I screamed “SPICY P!” as hard as I could at Pascal Siakam and he turned to thump his chest and point at me in the crowd.

Vancouver deserves these moments with a sport that’s more accessible to the poor, more global and multi-cultural than most, and able to be played anywhere by anyone at any time.

Do your part by sharing this website on social media, and clicking the button below to add your name to the petition to bring the NBA to Vancouver.

The NBA deserves a city like Vancouver whose first four seasons all saw higher attendance averages than six teams this past season in today’s modern NBA of higher attendance and skyrocketing TV viewership.