Bryant Reeves, the original Grizzly franchise. Big Country, as he was affectionately nicknamed by college teammate Byron Houston. The first star, main event and master and commander of Grizzly nation.
Before Z-Bo and Gasol, before the move to Memphis, there was one man throwing his weight around Vancouver, Canada. Two games into the Grizzlies move to Memphis, Reeves would retire due to a history of chronic back pain. The myth of Big Country however, would live on in NBA lore.
Where is he now you ask? Turning over another sleepless night over Big Country’s whereabouts? Well, you’re in the right place! Today, that’s right today my friends! Beale Street Bears will look at Bryant Reeves in the year 2014.
Bryant “Big Country” Reeves most recent photo, straight from Twitter:
— Bryant Reeves (@BryantReeves50) June 12, 2013
It appears ole’ Big Country is still talking that good trash. Kind of like the time Vancouver Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, promised Canada they would keep the team there. That Heisley. Reeves, has retired from his NBA lifestyle and settled where home is, in the midwest.
Big Country now resides on a 300-acre cattle ranch in Gans, Oklahoma. There he lives with his wife Amy and their three children: Treyton, Trevor, and daughter Maddie. Reeves, famously known for being media shy during his stint on the Grizzlies, took part of a charity roast of former teammate Brent Price in 2004. There he joked he’s no longer Big Country, but rather Big Continent.
Reeves originally received his Big Country nickname for being astonished and amazed to be on his first ever plane flight during college. This time, Reeves chuckled, Big Continent would refer to being forty pounds more than his playing weight of 290. Naturally upon hearing this news, the New York Knicks are no doubt considering opening up a roster spot.