AGR Authentic Jersey of the Week(end): Bryant Reeves on the Vancouver Grizzlies

Big Country! What an awesome nickname!

WARNING: I deeply apologize to those who are reading this at work or school, because in all likelihood, due to the unrivaled and unquestioned sexiness of this jersey, you won’t be able to think about anything else for the rest of the day. Let’s just hope that no one reads this on their wedding day.

What we have here is a Bryant Reeves jersey from the lone NBA team he played for, the now defunct Vancouver Grizzlies. There are a lot of amazing things about this jersey, but for starters I should confess that I have something of a fetish for recently defunct NBA teams. Just seeing a logo from the Seattle Supersonics, the Charlotte Hornets, or the Vancouver Grizzlies gives me shivers up and down my spine. I guess I am a 90’s kid at heart.

But what else is there to this jersey? Or maybe I should be asking, what else isn’t there to this jersey? The electric turquoise? The uniquely patterned trim? The team-logo to jersey-width ratio? I mean, what’s going on here? I’ll tell you what’s going on. Big Country. Is going on. The dude was 7′ 300lbs. He positively has to be the strangest person of the 208 people that hail from Gans, Oklahoma. He also is uniquely significant to the Grizzlies, but only because he was the first player the franchise ever drafted…no big deal!

Tragically, the move from Vancouver to Memphis didn’t work out too well for Reeves. Let’s just say the steep downgrade in cities mirrored the trajectory of Reeves’ career after leaving British Columbia. The people of Memphis never got to see him play in person outside of a couple preseason games. Being that enormous isn’t easy, and weight and back problems got in the way of what would have assuredly been a fun return to the US for Big Country. In fact, the whole league suffered along with Bryant, as he only played 6 seasons, playing only 395 games and never making the playoffs. The most Bryant Reeves I ever got to see was in NBA Hangtime for Nintendo 64. Luckily, we live in the internet age and can get as much Big Country as we want. All day, urry day.

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