The Memphis Grizzlies hired Taylor Jenkins, assistant to Milwaukee Bucks, as head coach.
Jenkins, 34, was assistant to Milwaukee under head coach Mike Budenholzer last season, having previously served at the Atlanta Hawks under Budenholzer for five seasons.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN originally reported the attitude, which was subsequently confirmed by a team source to The Daily Memphian.
Jenkins NBA career began in San Antonio, where was Budenholzer assistant. After starting as an intern in the field of basketball operations, Jenkins became assistant to San Antonio's development league team, Austin Toros, where he spent four seasons in a supporting role. In Austin, Jenkins served under head coach Quin Snyder, now head coach of Utah Jazz. Jenkins then spent a season, 201
According to one source, the Grizzlies were impressed by Jenkin's work ethic and coaching experience.
Jenkins is the third current NBA head coach after Snyder and the Brooklyn Nets & Kenny Atkinson.
Jenkins & # 39; The rental company arrives two days before the deadline for the June 13th option for Center Jonas Valanciunas, quoted in his native Lithuania, that a coach award could influence his decision.
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The hiring is just over a week before the NBA Draft on the 20th. June, although the Grizzlies currently only number 2, probably Murray State Point Guard Yes Morant to choose.
Of seven known head coach candidates, Jenkins had been the youngest to emerge. According to one source, Jenkins had several interviews with the Grizzlies and was in Memphis several times during the trial, including a meeting with controlling owner Robert Pera.
This young coach is now likely to help build a young team built around the second year, with striker Jaren Jackson Jr. and suspected top candidate Morant.
Jenkins way to his first head coaching job was a bit unconventional.
Jenkins holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and began his NBA career as a basketball intern at the San Antonio Spurs, where the native Dallaser has a family relationship with Spurs owner Peter Holt would have. After a second internship, he was hired by the Spurs, but switched from the front office to coaching with the Toros, which is less common than the opposite, and switched from coaching to management.
Jenkins plays high school basketball, but did not pass by
Jenkins becomes the ninth provisional head coach after Sidney Lowe, Hubbard Brown, Mike Fratello, Marc Iavaroni, Lionel Hollins, Dave Jorger, David Fizdale and most recently JB Bickerstaff. He is the first head coaching officer of the new front office executives Jason Wexler and Zach Kleiman, who were promoted to team president and vice president of basketball in April.
A smart, hardworking character who has developed rapidly in his NBA career.
Jenkins was until recently a relatively inconspicuous assistant and found himself therefore in the first round of the Bucks against the Detroit Pistons as a small phenomenon in social media again displaying the sideline:
Trainer: HOLD & # 39; EM BACK pic.twitter.com/wq5CksH9RJ
– ESPN (@espn) April 21, 2019
This story is being updated.