Grizzlies to hire Taylor Jenkins as head coach

12 Juin, 2019, 04:21 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to hire Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach

The final National Basketball Association head-coaching vacancy has reportedly been filled.

The Memphis Grizzlies have named Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as the franchise's new head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

While Milwaukee's impressive 2018-19 campaign has Budenholzer among the short-list of Coach of the Year candidates, the entire staff should get credit for the gains the franchise made this season. He would be the third National Basketball Association head coach hired from Milwaukee bench boss Mike Budenholzer's coaching tree - which includes his time with the Atlanta Hawks - over the last five years. Budenholzer, of course, earned his shot as a head coach after 18 seasons working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

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In his first act as a head coach in the NBA, Jenkins will be tasked with leading the lottery-bound Grizzlies back into the playoff picture in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Jackson averaged 13.8 points per game as a rookie. The team dismissed former head coach J.B. Bickerstaff in April after less than two years.

Perhaps it was Jenkins' protection abilities that ultimately put him over the top for the Grizzlies' brass.

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