Give Vancouver another NBA team

Give Vancouver another NBA team

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Between 1995 and 2001 Vancouver had it's own NBA team; the Vancouver Grizzlies. Unfortunately due to declining ticket sales following a lockout, a weak Canadian dollar at the time, and the fact that the team was consistently one of the worst in the NBA, the team relocated to Memphis, Tennesee. However, nearly two decades later, Vancouver wants it's team back!

The team's relocation has often been blamed on the fans, but that doesn't tell the whole story. From 1995 to 2004, 4 Canadian teams in 3 separate sports leagues all relocated south of the border. One of these teams, the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL, returned in 2011 and has since become one of the most successful teams in the league. It's easy to imagine a similar return happening with the NBA and Vancouver. 

For almost two decades Vancouver has been a punchline in the NBA, for having both a terrible team and supposedly having no fans. Despite having what can be considered one of the worst teams in NBA history and having a first-round draft pick literally refuse to play for the team, the Vancouver Grizzlies were never last place in the league in attendance. Since the relocation, Vancouver has boomed into one of the most modern and fasted growing cities in the world, thanks in part to hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver already has a sufficient venue to host a new team, as the same arena that the Grizzlies played in, now named "Rogers Arena", frequently hosts NBA preseason games there to much fanfare. So much so that the most recent of these games in 2019 featured a rally outside the arena before the game calling for the NBA's return to Vancouver, and the game itself drowned out by chant's of "We want Grizzlies" during the third quarter. So since we have the fans, the arena, and a growing media market, it's about time we got our team back!

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