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Dave Joerger's experience made him popular choice for Grizz head coach

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ESPN reports Grizzlies Assistant Coach Dave Joerger will be promoted to be the team's next head coach. ESPN reports Grizzlies Assistant Coach Dave Joerger will be promoted to be the team's next head coach.
He is considered the architect of the team's tough defense. He is considered the architect of the team's tough defense.
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(WMC-TV) – The Memphis Grizzlies' search for a new coach is over. Grizzlies Assistant Coach Dave Joerger will be promoted to be the team's next head coach. The team made the announcement via social media late Monday night.

The Grizzlies interviewed three candidates, ultimately choosing Dave Joerger, 39, to step into the spotlight after spending six season on the bench as an assistant coach.

Joerger's familiarity with the Grizz made him a popular choice. He worked under Lionel Collins and he also worked with one of the best coaches in NBA history, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.

"For me, personally, I've been around Coach Popovich when I was in the minors and I got to see a little bit of what they do and it's a clinic on great offense and for me as a young coach, to study and to learn, that's how to do it man," said Joerger. "They do it well and that's the right way to play."

Critics argue that Joerger is inexperienced as a head coach in the NBA. The only time he was in charge was back in 2010 when the Grizzlies lost a game in double overtime. However, as a coach in the minor leagues, Joerger won five titles combined and is considered the architect of the grit and grind defense that ranked second in the NBA last year.

"Defense is a very unifying deal because if one part breaks down it can make the whole look terrible," explained Joerger. "And so they take a great deal of pride in playing that way and I think it helps our team cohesiveness, our togetherness, our trust, and those things carry and transcend far beyond just on the defensive side of the floor."

It does not hurt that Joerger is highly receptive to the management's desire to use analytics.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Joerger agreed to a three-year contract.

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