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Memphis is negotiating with assistant Dave Joerger (yay-gehr) to become the Grizzlies' head coach, said a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the final deal hasn't been reached yet.
ESPN.com first reported the negotiations.
This would be Joerger's first NBA head coaching job. He had been an assistant the past six seasons with the Grizzlies under coach Marc Iavaroni and later Lionel Hollins, who whose contract was not renewed earlier this month despite leading Memphis to a 56-26 record and a Western Conference Finals appearance.
The Grizzlies also interviewed George Karl, the NBA coach of the year before being fired by Denver, Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and former Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry.
Keeping Joerger would help the Grizzlies maintain some continuity in the locker room with Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph. He was the lead assistant coach and helped coordinate a defense that helped Memphis allow a league-low 89.3 points per game this season.
Joerger also won five minor league championships. He led the Dakota Wizards to the 2007 NBA D-League title, an International Basketball Association title and three in the Continental Basketball Association. His record of 232-117 as a head coach also includes two CBA coach of the year awards.
He played at Moorhead State and started as general manager of the Dakota Wizards in the IBA. He started coaching as an assistant in the 1997-98 season and became head coach for the 2000-01 season when he led the Wizards to their first title. He had 18 of his players called up to the NBA between 2003 and 2007.
But Joerger steps into a challenging situation. Hollins was this franchise's winningest coach overall with a record of 214-201 and also in the postseason at 18-17. This franchise had never won a playoff series before 2011 with Hollins, and the Grizzlies knocked off not one, but two No. 1 seeds in the postseason with him as coach taking down the Spurs in 2011 and Oklahoma City during the Western semifinals this year.
This easily is the latest and biggest move yet by Robert Pera, the California tech billionaire and lead owner in the new group that took over the team in November. Pera put in Jason Levien in charge as the chief executive officer, and his changes included bringing in former ESPN.com writer John Hollinger as vice president of basketball operations and Stu Lash as director of player personnel and basketball development in December.
They also traded away their leading scorer Rudy Gay on Jan. 30.
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Memphis Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph is about to have a baby…make that two actually. The rumor is Z-Bo is expecting his third child with his longtime girlfriend Faune, and at the same time, his side piece named Unique is also pregnant. She’s wearing a diamond ring and blabbing to everyone that Randolph has proposed. This is a double team I don’t think...
According to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Grizzlies have come to an agreement with their former assistant coach Dave Joerger, so that he can take over for the recently departed Lionel Hollins, as head coach.
Griz have finalized head coaching contract with Dave Joerger, per source. Staff still being assembled although Bob Thornton will be retained
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached agreement to promote David Joerger from assistant to head coach, according to sources.
Joerger has spent the past six seasons as assistant for the Grizzlies and will replace Lionel Hollins.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Joerger was tasked by Hollins to oversee the Grizzlies' defense, which was ranked 25th in efficiency in 2009-10.
The Memphis Grizzlies let their head coach go after the most successful season in franchise history. Now they'll reportedly give the job to his top assistant.
Dave Joerger, who has been on the Memphis bench the past six seasons, will be promoted to head coach, according to ESPN.com.
The Grizzlies reached the Western Conference finals for the first time this year but decided...
According to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies will promote assistant, Dave Joerger, to head coach.
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached an agreement in principle with Dave Joerger to elevate the assistant to the position of head coach, sources involved in the negotiations said on Monday.
Joerger, who has spent the past six seasons on the Grizzlies’ bench, will succeed...
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen received this award today from the city of Memphis. And without looking up what it’s for, we’re gonna venture a guess: “The Spirit of Memphis Award, presented to the athlete who flies Spirit Airlines instead of the team chartered plane the most during a calendar year.”
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Coming off the franchise’s first ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals, the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t in store for any drastic moves this off-season (outside of letting go of their head coach.) The Grizz do have some minor moves they need to make though if they want remain among the best in the West.
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The Denver Nuggets have hired Brian Shaw to become their new coach , and the Memphis Grizzlies have promoted top assistant Dave Joerger to become their new coach as well. Joerger was the defensive coordinator for the the top-notch Grizzlies defense last season, and he embraced the new stats-driven culture of the Grizzlies more [...]