NWSB Insider Steve Lee remembers the accomplishments of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the one-time face of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise. Lee recaps the forward’s time across the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, and would love to see commissioner Adam Silver bring the Sacramento Kings, L.A. Lakers and Steve Nash to a game in BC for a chance to retire the Abdur-Rahim’s No. 3 jersey.
NWSB Insider Ben Lypka looks at former Vancouver Grizzlies players and ranks which ones went on to have the most successful post-Vancouver days. Greg Anthony, Shareef Abdul-Rahim, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby and Bryant Reeves all make the list. We’re approaching 12 years since the Grizzlies moved to the bustling metropolis of Memphis.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Grizzlies blogger Steve Lee brings us a fun story about the 1995 NBA Draft. Remember this guy? Big Country they called him. Bryant Reeves. With the recent rumours of Vancouver once again getting an NBA team, NWSB and Steve Lee decided to take this look back and at the same time, wish the big man a happy 39th birthday. Maybe the Aquilini’s can hire this guy as GM when they own the new franchise.
Vancouver hoops blogger Steve Lee tells us the Vancouver Grizzlies were not a good drafting team. From overweight country bumpkins to selfcentered malcontents the Grizzlies success rate on draft night was about 33%. Bryant Reeves, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Steve Francis, Stromile Swift to name a few.
Teams over the years in the Northwest corner, on either side of the line have dished out their share of overpaid contracts. The Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics, Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers, Vancouver Canucks are all guilty. Bryant Reeves, Mark Messier, Carlos Silva, Shaun Alexander, Theo Ratliff, Jim McIlvaine have all gotten paid haven’t they?