Marc Iavaroni Rumors

“My first couple of years I really enjoyed Memphis. But the last years, I didn’t get a good vibe from (Coach Marc) Iavaroni and a lot of the players felt the same way. I wasn’t outspoken so I didn’t talk a lot. He didn’t come off as a good person or coach to me. He was fake to me. Sid (Lowe) was a good coach but Hubie (Brown) and (Mike) Fratello changed the mindset of the whole team. We were a decent defensive team but when Iavaroni came I can’t remember going over a defensive drill. It was almost like he was trying to turn us into the Phoenix Suns.”
Gasol has stuck in his craw a failed 2009 trade — driven by former Griz coach Marc Iavaroni — that would have sent Conley to Milwaukee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander. Conley hasn’t dwelled on it. He’s instead allowed his play to speak loudly as one of the main voices among the Grizzlies’ cry for relevancy as a Western Conference contender. Conley is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 17.2 points by attacking the rim at a rate that ranked 15th in the league. Conley’s 8.6 turnovers per 100 possessions ranked third among point guards behind Chris Paul and Jose Calderon. “Man,” forward Zach Randolph said, “I don’t know where we would be without Mike.”
This really is not news; in fact if you re-wind to 2010 in Chicago, similar commentary was coming out of the Bulls locker room. The good news for the Clippers is that they have two qualified coaches on their staff already – the first is Marc Iavaroni who coached the Grizzlies for two seasons. The second is Dean Demopoulos a long time assistant that has been mentioned as a head coaching candidate for several years.