Grizzlies decides to keep it “in house”, promotes Joerger to head coach

Dave Joeger - Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies logo - alternateAfter the Memphis Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the organization allowed former coach Lionel Hollins to talk to other teams earlier this month and reports had assistant coach Dave Joerger as a viable replacement.  Weeks later, it became reality when they finally named Joerger the team’s head coach.

 

It has been reported that Joeger has a four-year deal that will pay him approximately $2 million per season, with the fourth year on the contract a team option.

The 39-year old Joerger made a name for himself in the IBA, CBA and D-League with the Cedar Rapids River Raiders, Dakota Wizards and Sioux Falls Skyforce winning five minor league championships. He was then hired by the Grizzlies in 2007 and then promoted to lead assistant and defensive coordinator by Hollins in 2011. Of course the Grizzlies have maintained one of the best defenses the past couple seasons, being ranked second last season in defensive efficiency allowing just 97.4 points per 100 possessions. They also featured the Defensive Player of the Year in Marc Gasol along with three All-Defense performers (Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen).

Lionel Hollins - GRizzliesLionel Hollins and the new management (the team was sold to California tech billionaire Robert Pera in November) definitely didn’t see eye-to-eye.  Hollins’ tenure in Memphis started to dissolve when his early criticisms of the analytic aspect of their new operation and the insistence that trading small forward  Rudy Gay was a bad move.

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2 thoughts on “Grizzlies decides to keep it “in house”, promotes Joerger to head coach

  1. Rudy Gay is a good athlete. He isn’t a great shooter. He will give you your 15 to 17 points a game, but they lost to the Spurs because the Spurs had more consistent players that could play in their own role. Marc Gasol isn’t LeBron James. He can pass the ball well, and rebound and score better than his brother. But the Spurs shut both he and Randolph down, and clearly, the Grizzlies’ roster isn’t strong enough to beat OKC or San Antonio when both teams are healthy, Rudy Gay or not.

    • The Spurs are going to be the Spurs; with Kawhi Leonard showing his shine, they will be a team to reckon with in years to come. I like OKC, but they need to find someone to replace Harden’s intangibles (at first I thought that was a good move NOT to keep him, I admit to my mistakes) and need a bruiser…a goon (Perkins is an imaginary tough guy). I really think Memphis need a perimeter shooter…a 3pt marksman to compensate Gasol and Randolph. The Spurs were daring Tony Allen and Prince to beat them and they couldn’t do it. It will be interesting to see how this offseason turns out in the West.

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