This Day In Sports History (November 3rd) – Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies
It was on this day in 1995 that both the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies played their inaugural NBA regular season game. Although both teams struggled in their expansion seasons, they were able to pick up wins on opening night.
The Raptors defeated the New Jersey Nets quite easily, 94-79, in a game played at Toronto’s Skydome in front of more than 33,000 fans. The Grizzlies’ first game was on the road at Portland’s brand new arena, The Rose Garden, and they were not polite guests as they left with a 92-80 victory. However, it was downhill from there for both franchises, as the Grizzlies finished with the NBA’s worse record at 15-67, while the Raptors finished second last with a mark of 21-61.
The Grizzlies franchise lasted only six seasons in Vancouver as poor attendance and a lack of interest forced owners to move to Memphis, Tennessee. Although the Raptors remain in Toronto the outlook is not good, as they have failed to make the post-season in each of the last three seasons and they have won only one playoff series in franchise history.
Here is a look at the history of the Raptors.
Phil Simms: NFL – Born November 3rd 1954 (age 56) in Lebanon, Kentucky
Paul Quantrill: MLB – Born November 3rd 1968 (age 42) in London, Ontario
Darren Sharper: NFL – Born November 3rd 1975 (age 35) in Richmond, Virginia