Dave Joerger Named Head Coach (It's Official Now)
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I think he will be just fine. Hats off and best of luck to the Grizzlies new head coach.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:20 PM
Joerger is in negotiations to complete a three-to-four-year contract that would average less than $2 million per season. Joerger, the Grizzlies’ lead assistant coach for the past two seasons, will replace Lionel Hollins after the Griz made their first Western Conference Finals appearance.
Griz brass decided not to renew Hollins’ contract.
Hollins elevated Joerger to the role of lead assistant before the 2011-12 season, and empowered the young coach with more responsibility every year. Joerger is most familiar with the current roster and front office staff. Griz management could sell continuity with a Joerger appointment.
Joerger also implemented Hollins’ defensive principles as the Griz made significant strides defensively in conjunction with the arrival of Tony Allen the past few seasons. Joerger is also revered for being a championship head coach in the minor leagues before joining the Griz. He won five titles combined during stints in the NBA Development League, International Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association.
Critics will point to the fact that Joerger has never been a head coach in the NBA. The one time he sat at the helm was Nov. 5, 2010. Joerger presided over a 123-118 double overtime loss and the Griz led by 18 points in that game. Joerger coached the game so that Hollins could attend the funeral of his former teammate Maurice Lucas.
The unknown of an assistant moving over to the head job on his current team is a legitimate concern. How will Joerger relate to a group of players that even insiders agree can be very difficult to coach? Plus, one has to wonder why Joerger interviewed with Charlotte, Houston and Portland over the past few years and didn’t get the head job? Also, Joerger ends up being only a candidate in Memphis when there will be a dozen head coaching changes this year.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:07 AM
I hope so, I believe so, as well. He better do a great job, because if he doesn't, my mother won't buy season tickets which means I do not get season tickets, lol. She is against the decision of getting rid of Hollins and replacing him with Joerger... But then again, my mom also hates the we traded Rudy Gay. So, kind of expected. I still believe.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:08 AM