Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 team based in Memphis, Tennessee
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United States
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. The team is part of the Southwest Division
Southwest Division (NBA)
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 of the Western Conference
Western Conference (NBA)
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 in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
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 (NBA). Along with the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA's re-expansion...

, the Grizzlies were established in 1995 as part of the NBA's expansion
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 into Canada
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. The team originated that year in Vancouver
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, British Columbia
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 and relocated to Memphis in 2001. The team's majority owner is Michael Heisley
Michael Heisley
Michael E. Heisley is an American businessman who is the majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. He orchestrated the move of the team from Vancouver in 2001, after promising to keep the franchise in Vancouver when he purchased it in 2000...

, who controls a 95% share of the franchise; the remaining 5% is controlled by several local owners, including AutoZone
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 founder J.