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The Memphis Grizzlies announced that they have fired head coach Dave Joerger on Saturday morning. After the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in the first round round, Joerger showed great passion and love for his team, so nobody would’ve guessed that he actually wanted out as well.
The Sacramento Kings have reportedly made Joerger their No.1 option and are expected to meet with him soon. Via NBA.com:
“After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success for this organization, the city and our fans,” said General Manager, Chris Wallace.
“On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would like to thank Dave for his work and time in Memphis,” Wallace continued. “We wish Dave and his family all the best and success as he moves forward in his career.”
Joerger started with the Grizzlies as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies prior to the 2007-08 season, eventually replacing Lionel Hollins as head coach on June 27, 2013. Joerger owns an overall career head coaching record of 147-99 (.598), including three NBA Playoff appearances with the Grizzlies. In 22 career playoff games, he holds an overall record of 9-13 (.409).