Toronto’s G-League head coach Jerry Stackhouse has agreed to become an assistant under JB Bickerstaff, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Stackhouse has coached the Raptors 905, Toronto’s G-League affiliate, for the past two years and has made it to the G-League finals each season. His team emerged victorious as 2017 champions.
Toronto G League coach Jerry Stackhouse has agreed to a deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant under JB Bickerstaff. Story on ESPN: https://t.co/NVk8AtHB0K— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2018
Stackhouse amassed a record of 70-30 in those two seasons. His success as a coach has garnered him extra attention around the league lately as he interviewed for both the New York Knicks head coaching job, taken by former Memphis coach David Fizdale, and the Toronto Raptors head coaching job, which currently remains vacant.
Memphis’ newest assistant coach is a 18-year NBA veteran who was named an All-Star two times. Jerry Stackhouse was actually a Memphis Grizzly for all of one day, when he was included in a 4-team trade known for Toronto trading Shawn Marion to the Dallas Mavericks in 2009. He was then waived.
Memphis has to feel good about snagging Stackhouse as an assistant when he was so highly coveted as a possible head coaching prospect. Stackhouse brings with him a professional pedigree as a player and a toughness that will fit right in in Menphis. He will serve under Bickerstaff for J.B’s first season as a full-time NBA head coach.