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Grizzlies reporter spills the beans on recent coaching staff shakeup

By meerna Jul11,2024
Grizzlies reporter spills the beans on recent coaching staff shakeup

Last week, it was revealed that the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff would undergo a major overhaul ahead of the 2024-25 season, as the decision was made to part ways and hire six new members to support Taylor Jenkins’ system.

Given the club’s 27-55 record last season, such a drastic change shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans and pundits alike, though — contrary to reporter Damichael Cole’s claims — it could be seen as cause for concern about Jenkins’ ability to lead the team to the promised land.

During a recent episode of Locked on Grizzlies, Cole and his co-host Joe Mullinax went into detail about the team’s roster changes, and while the veteran reporter admitted that one could view the drastic decision as something great coaches do when they “realize their weaknesses and work to improve them,” from a “glass half empty” perspective, this significant turnover could actually pose a much bigger issue for Jenkins’ coaching security.

“And then it’s a glass-half-empty (narrative). If you have to hire six new assistants, what does that say about you? What if the results are basically similar to the previous results with other assistants? Now the finger is going to be pointed somewhere else and it’s you, Taylor Jenkins. He won’t be here in Memphis much longer if that happens.”

Damichael Cole

Since taking over as head coach of the Grizzlies in 2019-20, Jenkins has amassed 206 wins, just nine shy of No. 1 Lionell Hollins’ 214. In addition to that impressive record, he has led Memphis to their only two Southwest Division titles in franchise history, three postseason appearances and just their fourth semifinal appearance since their founding in 1995.

Yet despite all of those accomplishments, Cole believes this rebuild now puts more focus, both good and bad, on the soon-to-be sixth-year coach and his job security with the franchise going forward, as he suggests that while the 2024-25 season was already seen as “pivotal” for Jenkins, “it’s even more important now.”

By meerna

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