Reports came in late Monday night that the Memphis Grizzlies will name Dave Joerger to be their next head coach.ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz had the report, which came as little surprise considering Joerger had been among the favorites for the vacancy since the team parted ways with Lionel Hollins just weeks ago.
About to file to ESPN. Dave Joerger to be named Memphis head coach.
— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) June 25, 2013
It is a great move for the Grizzlies, who are coming off of their most successful season in the franchise’s history.
By promoting Joerger, the team can keep some of the chemistry that they had which resulted in 56 wins and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
Memphis is a team that is rapidly rising, and hiring an assistant that has been with the team for six years minimizes any transitional period and should keep the Grizzlies among the top teams in the Western Conference.