Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/17/14
Old Times Over the course of five seasons and 375 games, there was one player who, for better or worse, was synonymous with the Vancouver Grizzlies. Selected with the third overall pick in the 1996 draft — after Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby, but before Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and a scruffy haired Canadian point guard – Shareef Abdur-Rahim was touted as the saviour of the floundering second-year Grizzlies franchise. Shareef Abdur-Rahim was just one year out of California, where as a Golden Bear freshman, he picked up the Pac-10 Player Of The Year.  Heading north to Vancouver, Abdur-Rahim instantly became a fan favorite, as he was the polar opposite of what the first Grizzlies draft pick Bryant Reeves was a year prior.  Athletic, graceful and talented, SAR gave basketball fans in Vancouver something to hold on to…hope. Shareef Abdur-Rahim was the main pillar for a franchise that never seemed to have hope. With averages of 20.5 points per game and just a shade over eight rebounds, the Georgia
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