‘Grizz’: NBA’s Mascot of the Year!
An array of acrobatic antics and hilarious hijinks have led to Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz being named the 2011 NBA Mascot of the Year. It marks the first time Memphis furry fan favorite has won the award, which was selected by his peers at the leagues annual mascot meetings in Milwaukee.
The NBA Mascot of the Year Award is a tremendous honor for Grizz, the Grizzlies organization and members of Grizz Nation across the world, said Greg Campbell, Grizzlies President of Business Operations. We are extremely proud of the efforts of Grizz, our game presentation staff and the host of other departments who collaborate to present Grizzs one-of-a-kind brand of entertainment year round.
Now entering his 17th season, Grizz is beloved throughout Grizz Nation for his spectacular stunts and shenanigans. During the 2010-11 season, Grizz memorably spoofed the 2011 NBA Dunk Contest and performed in such skits as Bearanormal Activity in addition to his trademark dunk routines with the Kings of the Court.
As part of the Grizzlies historic 10th season in Memphis, Grizz also reintroduced his equally-popular alter ego, Super Grizz, as a nod to the franchises early seasons in the city. Donning an updated mask and cape, Super Grizz encouraged fans to Believe as the team earned its first postseason berth since 2006 and advanced to the NBA Western Conference Semifinals.
The Memphis community has become the perfect natural habitat for Grizz, who was often the star of the show in schools throughout the city and region as part of the organizations Read to Achieve and Healthy Homecourt initiatives.
(article via myfoxmemphis.com)