JB Bickerstaff Rumors
In Noah, the Grizzlies see a player who can orchestrate the defense when Marc Gasol needs a rest, and Jaren Jackson Jr. is in foul trouble. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff also envisions playing Noah next to Gasol, in spurts. The idea of playing two former Defensive Player of the Years together is one that intrigues Bickerstaff. The last team to have former DPOY’s on the same team were the Knicks in 2013-14, with Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace.
“When was the last time you were able to put two defensive player of the years on the floor together?” Bickerstaff asked. “We have the opportunity to do that. Two guys that are versatile defensively that are extremely intelligent, do a great job of protecting the paint, do a great job of communicating. I think we’re in a unique situation, again, building on the mindset that we want to be a defensive-minded team to bring in that caliber of a defender and be able to put him next to Marc, the level that Jaren, [JaMychal Green], those big guys are playing at. I think it’s huge for us.”
“We want to bring people to the mud and see how comfortable they are in that type of fight,” Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff told ESPN after Monday’s practice. “There’s not a ton of practice time anymore, so the games are coming and everybody’s playing one way, and then all of a sudden you play us and it’s a completely different game. How do you handle that?”