Chris Wallace Rumors
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the hiring of Allen Gruver as Medical Director, the promotion of Jim Scholler to Head Athletic Trainer and the addition of Eric Oetter as Director of Performance. As Medical Director, Gruver’s responsibilities include overseeing and directing the team’s medical team, performance team, nutrition team and sports science team in an effort to ensure long-term player health. Gruver comes to Memphis after spending the previous eight years as the owner and director of Foothills Sports Medicine in Gilbert, Ariz. where he specialized in the rehabilitation of professional and amateur athletes of all sports.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons: “Being the first big-name free agent to come here, I think that’s special. I want to be a trendsetter. I’m going to work extremely hard to be the best basketball player I can be, but next summer, you best believe I’m going to be with [GM Chris Wallace] recruiting more talent to Memphis.”
Tim MacMahon: Memphis GM Chris Wallace on risk of Chandler Parsons’ knee problems: “We don’t see it as taking a chance at all. If we weren’t 100 percent sold on Chandler, we wouldn’t be having this news conference today. We have all the faith in the world in his ability to rehab and stay healthy and provide us just a level of talent and versatility with his size on the perimeter that we haven’t had in the past.”
Fizdale on his meeting with Chris Wallace: “It was like we were finishing each other’s sentences.” That’s a big — and important — change from the end of the Dave Joerger era, when the head coach and management weren’t sharing much of anything. That, too, can change with time, but Fizdale doesn’t seem the type to let that happen.