“We’re not afraid of the Lebrons, the Kevin Durants. We’re here to take on anyone.

MEMPHIS, Tenn – The grain and bite mentality is ingrained in Memphis culture, and when our teams do well, fans generally agree that we all feel like we’re on top of the world.

As the Grizzlies set a franchise record with a ninth straight win on Sunday, fans are happy the rest of the country is recognizing the talent the players are made of.

“Memphis as a whole on the national scene has a bad reputation for crime,” said longtime fan Antonio Braxton Sr. “It brings everyone together. There is no racism in games, there is There is no upper class, middle class.

Braxton has been a Grizzlies fan since the team arrived in Memphis in 2001 – it’s a love he passed on to his son.

He said basketball fever isn’t just about wins and losses.

“When your favorite team is doing well, you sleep better, you feel like your finances are better, your mood is better,” Braxton explained. “Your day is going well. “

Braxton has many souvenirs at home and an impressive collection of swimsuits.

He said new fans are drawn in and the recent gravity-defying bloc of point guard Ja Morant is only helping.

“People who don’t normally buy jerseys, they will probably get these jerseys because Ja Morant represents Memphis.”

Braxton said that whether you’re at the games or listening at home, the team represents a family reunion, a brotherhood that won’t stop.

“We’re not afraid of the Lebrons, the Kevin Durants. We’re here to take on anyone.