Rick Carlisle recalls those six years when Vancouver had an NBA franchise

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VANCOUVER— Rick Carlisle was just in his second season as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers when the Vancouver Grizzlies played their inaugural season in the NBA. The year was 1995. And Carlisle remembers it as if it was yesterday. He remembers the pageantry of Vancouver – widely known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world – adding an NBA franchise to a city and a country known more for its professional hockey. “I just remember how beautiful it was, how welcoming the fans were, how loud the building was,” Carlisle said after Thursday morning's shootaround at Rogers Arena. “It was always a difficult place to play because of the fan support. “Being back here kind of

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