HoopsHype Dave Joerger rumors

November 27, 2013 Updates

Several league sources, meanwhile, said that first-year coach Dave Joerger is getting considerable direction from the top of the team masthead, including everyone from owner Robert Pera to VP John Hollinger. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” Bleacher Report

One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They were like, ‘The other way worked, so why change?’ I know they wanted to play faster, but they don’t have that kind of team. They grind.” Bleacher Report

November 26, 2013 Updates

Several league sources, meanwhile, said that first-year coach Dave Joerger is getting considerable direction from the top of the team masthead, including everyone from owner Robert Pera to VP John Hollinger. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They were like, ‘The other way worked, so why change?’ I know they wanted to play faster, but they don’t have that kind of team. They grind.” Bleacher Report

Why abandon a style that won 56 games last season? One scout attributed it to the fact that analytics suggest more possessions—i.e., playing faster—and more drive-and-kick opportunities produce more efficient offensive numbers. There’s also the matter of having dumped veteran coach Lionel Hollins for the neophyte Joerger, in part because Hollins wasn’t enthralled with having front-office numbers-crunchers telling him what offensive sets he should use. Randolph, without outright saying so, apparently felt the same way. He’s as easygoing a superstar as you will meet, but he clearly enjoys all that comes with being a superstar. That includes traveling with four phones, including three smart phones, and having the ringtone on one as the ding-ding-ding of a winning slot machine. That also includes letting it be known, by deed more than word, about what sort of offense best suits him. Bleacher Report

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Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has seen his stock continue to rise because of his old team's slow start. After winning a franchise-record 56 regular season games in Hollins' final season and reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, the Grizzlies — who are now run by rookie head coach and former Memphis assistant Dave Joerger — are hovering around .500. Hollins, make no mistake, is waiting eagerly in the wings for his next challenge. USA Today Sports

November 14, 2013 Updates

With lineup rotations as unpredictable as when they would actually play defense, the Grizzlies suffered a 103-87 loss to the Toronto Raptors in FedExForum. Afterward, a visibly drained Joerger struggled to find reasons why the Griz (3-5) continue to struggle to give sustained effort on both ends of the floor. This much he does know: “People don’t fear us anymore,” Joerger said. Memphis Commercial Appeal

November 10, 2013 Updates

The sense among coaches is that front offices are minimizing their importance, beginning to see them as interchangeable. When it has come time to reward coaches who have won, teams have shown reluctance, and, in two notable examples, chose to replace a successful coach with a younger, cheaper alternative. That happened in Denver, where reigning Coach of the Year George Karl was let go when he could not come to an agreement on a contract, replaced by Brian Shaw. It happened, too, in Memphis, where Dave Joerger took over for Lionel Hollins after Hollins led the team to the conference finals. Neither Shaw nor Joerger had previous head coaching experience. Sporting News

November 3, 2013 Updates

However, unlike Hollins, Joerger has already complied with his bosses’ wishes to change some of the offense to how they think it should be run, based on statistical analysis of players’ performances. He’s thrown out a few staples from Hollins’ old playbook, while adopting his bosses’ approach of dividing the offensive end of the court into quadrants and finding out through stats where his players are most effective. New York Daily News

October 11, 2013 Updates

Will the Grizz's offensive and defensive schemes change much under you? Joerger: That's one of the positives about having coached in the minor leagues. My philosophy wasn't that I have one style of play Each year, and maybe even within a year, your style may change throughout the course of a season because players come and go, and certainly from year to year your team changes dramatically. So whatever it takes for us to have the best system for the players that we have is what we're shooting for, and I don't think it would be wise on my part to throw everything that we built over the past couple of years. I hope to make some changes, but by and large we hope to stay steady. SI.com

What tweaks will you make? Joerger: I hope that we'll play a little bit faster and get the ball up and down the floor a little bit quicker and play with a quicker pace, and not for the reason of getting a quick shot unless something presents itself at the rim. But by getting up and using a larger part of the shot clock, we hope to be able to move the ball more and then attack inside with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph or creating better opportunities for drives with Mike Conley. SI.com

Has your relationship changed with your assistants at all? Joerger: I don't remember who told me, but in some jobs they say you don't have to like each other, you just have to respect each other. As coaches I don't think that's true. We spend more time together than I do with my family for large parts of the year, so it is important that we like each other. You want to get talented people, that's the biggest requirement, talent, and then loyalty is right there next to it. SI.com

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Officially announced Monday, Joerger will lean on his coaching mentor (famed minor league coach Duane Ticknor), a longtime and well-respected NBA assistant (Elston Turner), a holdover from the Lionel Hollins regime (Bob Thornton) and an up-and-coming young coach (Shawn Respert). The Griz also announced the addition of Chattin Hill as athletic performance coach and hired Mark Sanford as assistant video coordinator/player development. Jason March, video coordinator for several seasons, was promoted to advance scout. March’s former assistant Steve Jones moves in to the role as video coordinator/player development. Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 20, 2013 Updates

The team is led at the top of the rotation by Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, while veteran forward Tony Allen serves as one of the lead dogs in the locker room. But for the team to take the next step, Joerger believes the growth will need to come from the team’s younger role players. “For us to grow from within Jerryd Bayless needs to have a nice season for us,” Joerger says. “Quincy Pondexter needs to have a nice season for us. Those guys need to make shots from the perimeter and for that to happen they’re going to have to be on the floor and be consistent.” HoopsWorld

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