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A basketball haven in a football region..

The story of how Memphis became one of America's top basketball destinations is now 40 years in the making. 

Here, in the little basketball Mecca on the banks of the Mississippi River, three generations of fans eager to cheer our team on! From the grassroots on up, it is considered a formality that Memphis — a metro area of 1.3 million — will produce more talent every year than cities three times its size, adding to a legacy that began when a team led by local players cracked the national consciousness at the 1973 Final Four.

in many ways, it's why the Grizzlies came to Memphis in the first place despite a middling television market and significant skepticism that the population could economically support an NBA team.

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