JB Bickerstaff Rumors
What will be the evaluation process for J.B. Bickerstaff and do you anticipate a coaching search? Chris Wallace: We’re really not dealing with the coaching situation until we get through the season, and then we’ll go from there. But with that said, J.B. and his staff have done an admirable job in the face of a difficult situation. You can’t evaluate an interim coach, particularly when they’ve walked into a difficult situation, strictly on wins and losses or make that the main criteria. That’s just not fair to him, and it’s not realistic. You have to look at other areas, such as player development. Do they play hard? Does he keep their attention and focus? Those are some of the areas – not all – where you grade a coach in this type of situation.
Clay Bailey: Bickerstaff on roster vs. Denver. “We called Myke Henry and Kobi (Simmons) will be with us. He added that it was “difficult” to find 10 players. “We had to locate Myke (Henry) at the last minute to bring him in.”
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies tweaking starting lineup and going with Andrew Harrison, Dillon Brooks, Jarell Martin, JaMychal Green and Deyonta Davis. As mentioned earlier, Bickerstaff says this is more minutes/development for young guys.
Clay Bailey: Bickerstaff on developing young players: “We have a ton of young guys who we’re developing, but we want to put them in positions and places where we think they can eventually be. Give them opportunities to put them in those spots and have some experience at it.”
Peter Edmiston: While J.B. Bickerstaff acknowledged that minutes management for Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans would be forthcoming, he said it wouldn’t begin tonight. Both on a normal minutes schedule vs Cavs.