The Memphis Grizzlies, currently void of a head coach after parting ways with Lionel Hollins, recently asked the Chicago Bulls permission to speak with assistant coach Ed Pinckney. Today, that request was granted.
Per CBS Sports:
The Grizzlies have received permission to interview Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney for their head coaching vacancy, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Pinckney, a former Big East star and assistant coach at Villanova, has impressed the Memphis front office with the work he’s done in Chicago under defensive mastermind Tom Thibodeau. Pinckney, 50, also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves.
The Grizzlies have spoken to a few potential candidates by phone which include George Karl and former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, though none have interviewed for the position yet given how recently the job opened. Both Karl and Gentry are also expected to interview along with Pinckney in the coming days.
According to Berger, the highly desired Brian Shaw is not an option for the Grizz:
Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw — interviewing with the Nets on Wednesday — is not on the Grizzlies’ list