Memphis Grizzlies Logo

Memphis Grizzlies Logo

The professional basketball team Memphis Grizzlies is comparatively new and has only had two distinctive logos so far. There has also been a minor modification of its first logo, which was connected with a change in the name of the team.

Meaning and history

Memphis Grizzlies Logo history

The club was founded in 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, under the name of Vancouver Grizzlies. The team was originally part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada. In six years, though, the club moved to the US. It started to play in Memphis, Tennessee, where it received its current name.

Throughout this period, the Memphis Grizzlies logo was almost identical, except for a minor change of the wordmark, which reflected the team’s new name.

Old logo

Memphis Grizzlies Logo Old

The original logo featured a highly aggressive bear clenching a basketball in his paw. The bear’s teeth and claws were emphasized. Moreover, from the way the grizzly held the basketball, you could clearly see that the ball was smaller than the paw. By exaggerating the bear’s size, the designer managed to find one more way of emphasizing his aggressiveness and dominance, which were supposed to scare off the team’s opponents.

The 2002 symbol

Memphis Grizzlies symbol

When the club moved to the US, it only changed one word in its logo. “Vancouver” was replaced by “Memphis” in red, while the 3D teal lettering “Grizzlies” from the Memphis Grizzlies old logo remained untouched.

The 2004 emblem

Memphis Grizzlies Logo emblem

The current logo sports a less realistic bear’s head with yellow eyes. The logo is much easier to reproduce now.

Font

The letters comprising the Memphis Grizzlies new logo appear to be a custom artwork. What makes the glyphs particularly memorable is the unusual sharp elements. They seem to symbolize the sharp claws of a grizzly bear, thus creating a visual and metaphorical connection with both the logo and the name of the team.

Color

Memphis Grizzlies Logo Color

The official logo usage guidelines mention the following colors as the team’s primary palette: Grizzlies Navy (PMS 289), Grizzlies Blue (PMS 652), Smoke Blue (PMS 650), and a gold shade of yellow (PMS 123).