Memphis, it’s almost that time of year again.
The Memphis Grizzlies just announced their preseason schedule for 2017. Unlike your average preseason, these five games will prove vital to the Grizz’s success this year as they look to rebrand their style of play on the court.
This past offseason has been one of the most tumultuous in franchise history. Moving to a faster pace of play helped produce a career year from Mike Conley, who had an unbelievable playoff run, and another successful All-Star campaign from Marc Gasol, who emerged as a excellent three-point shooter. However, this also meant moving on from key veterans and franchise favorites, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter, both of whom signed with the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen also remains unsigned as of now; all but officially signifying that the 7-year “grit and grind” era is over for the Memphis Grizzlies.
This year, the Grizzlies look to build on a rocky 2016/17 campaign. Star small-forward Chandler Parsons looks to rebound from last year’s injury-filled season and prove to the Memphis fan-base that he is worth every penny of his contract. Former Memphis Tiger Tyreke Evans will make his debut in the Beale Street Blues, adding his versatility to the squad. Also, fan-favorite Mario Chalmers looks to make a triumphant return as the best back-up PG this franchise has ever had and show that his incredible season that was cut short due to injury wasn’t a fluke. We also have Wayne Selden Jr. looking to build off his experience in the NBA Playoffs last year and his phenomenal play in the recent Summer League.
The first chance for fans to witness the “new-look” Grizzlies will be against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 2 at the FedExForum. Following the home-opener, Memphis will travel to to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Oct. 9. The pre-season will conclude with home games against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, Oct. 13.
Single game ticket prices for the home games will be announced soon. When announced, tickets will be available for purchase by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, at Ticketmaster.com, the FedExForum Box Office or Grizzlies.com.