The Grizzlies had planned to give away 3,000 promotional Allen Iverson jerseys on December 4th, 2009 against the Mavericks as an honor but, that will not happen because Iverson terminated his contract on November 16th. Team officials immediately ordered the Marc Gasol t-shirts given to fans instead.
So what will happen to all of those unused Iverson jerseys?
The Grizzlies plan to ship the unused jerseys to Tanzania, the birthplace of rookie center Hasheem Thabeet .
An NBA program -- Basketball Without Borders -- will facilitate the shipment to the African country. Basketball Without Borders is the NBA's global basketball development program that helps education, health and wellness. "We are thrilled to partner with Hasheem Thabeet and the NBA's international program Basketball Without Borders," team president of business operations Greg Campbell said before adding, "This also gives us the opportunity to recognize Marc Gasol for his inspiring start to the season."