The NBA’s Grizzlies have revealed that the name of their new D-League team will be the Memphis Hustle.
The club, which will debut next season, will play their home games at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi – a 20-mile drive from Memphis.
The team’s head coach will be Glynn Cyprien.
The Hustle name pays tribute to the cultural identity of Memphis and the Mid-South.
“Our philosophy from the outset with our D-League expansion team is that it should in all ways be and feel intrinsic to our Grizzlies organization and not adjunct to it,” said Grizzlies President of Business Operations Jason Wexler said via statement. “Our goal is for the team to be woven into the fabric of our basketball operations and our business operations, our culture and our identity.”
“We wanted to achieve a name and character for our D-League squad that both seamlessly fits into and uplifts the Memphis Grizzlies culture and identity, so that from day one it is part and parcel of our team and organization.”
The Griz had just completed their final season of a hybrid partnership with the Iowa Energy.
The Energy were purchased by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have renamed the team the Iowa Wolves.
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