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Nearly three weeks after dismissing head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, the Grizzlies have officially begun the process of finding his replacement. And the first candidate known the Grizzlies have brought in could provide a clue as to what the team is looking for in its next head coach. Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies job on Tuesday, according to league sources and The Athletic’s Tony Jones. Regardless of the direction the Grizzlies decide to commit toward next season, Jensen appears to be a capable fit. Jensen is also interviewing for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening, league sources told The Athletic.
Jensen, who has been with the Jazz since 2013, is regarded as a tactician who played a major role in developing star center Rudy Gobert. The Jazz won 25 games during his first season. Five seasons later, Utah is coming off three consecutive 48-plus win seasons and playoff berths. If hired by the Grizzlies, one of Jensen’s primary tasks will be developing big man Jaren Jackson Jr., who is entering his second season and is viewed by many within the organization as a franchise centerpiece.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen interviewed today in Memphis for the vacant Grizzlies head coaching job, league sources tell @Omari Sanfoka II and myself. Jensen is also expected to interview in Cleveland this week, league sources say
Joe Vardon: J.B. Bickerstaff is interviewing with the Cavs for their coaching vacancy today, sources tell me and @Shams Charania. Utah assistant Alex Jensen will interview with the Cavs this week.
Koby Altman of Cleveland's Cavaliers watched the game between Zalgiris and Fenerbahce that ended with the victory of the Turkish and his goal in the arena was to talk to Sarunas Jasikevicius.
Sarunas Jasikevicius: "I always say that it will be hard getting me out of here. May need to kick me through the door with both legs, unless it's something amazing. A coach's life is definitely not easy and I realized during the short time I coached. For me as a coach it's very important how the people around me support me."
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