Did Memphis Grizzlies Make the Right Hire By Promoting Assistant Coach Dave Joerger?

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On Monday night, the Memphis Grizzlies made the decision to promote assistant coach Dave Joerger to the head spot to replace Lionel Hollins.

After a 56-win season, the move to part ways with Hollins came as a bit of a shock, especially considering his desire to remain in Memphis. Ever since the two sides parted ways however, Joerger had been a name in connection with the vacancy, so the Grizzlies’ decision certainly isn’t all that shocking.

At 39 years old, Joerger is young, but he has head coaching experience — albeit, that came with CBA and NBDL organizations.

Yet what about the overall move and the Grizzlies’ decision not to retain Hollins — well, that still remains a question mark and it’s one that will probably not be answered until Memphis hits the court and we see what they are capable of doing under Joerger’s guidance next season.

While Memphis probably didn’t make a smart move by letting Hollins walk — just consider they reached their furthest point in franchise history this past season — this is a good move to promote internally. Joerger knows this team having been an assistant with the organization since 2007. If anyone knows these Grizzlies players and can maintain their continued improvement, it’s Joerger.

The Western Conference will be loaded once again in 2013-14, so it’ll be interesting to see what Joerger will be able to do with this talented bunch. As for Hollins, well, he remains on the open market and there are still a few vacancies at this time, so we will see if he resurfaces with another NBA organization.

 

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