Taylor Jenkins, a longtime assistant under Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, has been named the next Head Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, as announced in a press release Tuesday. Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Zachary Z. Kleiman had the following to say about the hiring of Jenkins:
“We are excited to welcome Taylor Jenkins to the Grizzlies organization. Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our roster while having the elite basketball acumen and forward-thinking positive vision to be a high-level NBA head coach.”
Jenkins, who had been part of Budenholzer’s staff since 2013, joins the Grizzlies after the organization parted ways with their previous Head Coach J. B. Bickerstaff after he took over from now New York Knicks Head Coach David Fizdale.
The Grizzlies are at a pivotal point in the history of their franchise, with the team having traded away longtime cornerstone Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors around the trade deadline and recently acquired the 2nd overall draft pick, which is expected to turn into Murray State’s Ja Morant.