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Memphis Grizzlies appoint Joerger as new head coach

Joerger will look to build on an impressive season. (©GettyImages)
Joerger will look to build on an impressive season. (©GettyImages).

The Memphis Grizzlies have appointed David Joerger as the successor to former head coach Lionel Hollins. 

Joerger's name is one that will already be extremely familiar to Grizzlies fans as he has spent the last six years as an assistant with the team and the last two seasons as lead assistant. 

Despite a number of more experienced names such as Alvin Gentry and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl being strongly linked with the post, the franchise's front office have clearly opted to maintain sense of familiarity with this appointment. 

And although this is Joerger's first chance at being the head coach of an NBA franchise, he does boast an impressive coaching pedigree from other leagues. 

As well as winning a D-League Championship in 2007 with the Dakota Wizards, he has also previously won titles in the International Basketball Association (IBA) and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). 

On Joerger's appointment, Grizzlies CEO and managing partner Jason Levien said to reporters: "We are thrilled to announce we have hired David Joerger as the next head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. 

"Not only do we think Dave will continue to grow the team’s league-best defensive identity, but we believe we have one of the league’s budding coaching talents to lead our team. We are happy the Joerger family will continue to call Memphis home for years to come."

Joerger will certainly have a difficult task in attempting to improve on a hugely successful 2012-13 season. Under Hollins' expert guidance, the Grizzlies defeated Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City on their way to the Western Conference Finals where they were eventually swept by the San Antonio Spurs. 

As Levien alluded to, the team also improved immeasurably in a defensive capacity under Hollins, leading the NBA in points allowed (89.3) and rank only behind the Indiana Pacers in overall defensive rating. 

As the coach who boasts the best record in Grizzlies franchise history (214-201), Joerger certainly faces an enormous challenge to improve upon or indeed even equal those aforementioned achievements that came under his highly-respected predecessor. 


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