David Stern: I Wish We Hadn’t Had the Vancouver Experience
In an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, NBA commissioner David Stern made a surprising, Canadian admission — the league screwed up in Vancouver.
Simmons asked Stern what his biggest regret during his tenure as head of the league would be and Stern replied that the short life of the Vancouver Grizzlies was it.
"I wish we hadn’t had the Vancouver experience," he said on the BS Report. "Great city, and we disappointed them and we disappointed ourselves."
The Grizzlies left Vancouver for Memphis after six awful seasons, none of which featured a playoff appearance. They made bad draft choices (Steve Francis, Bryant Reeves), bad coaching decision (Stu Jackson, Brian Winters) and compiled an astoundingly bad 101-359 record before leaving for Memphis.