The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as the franchise’s next head coach, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 11, 2019
Jenkins has been an assistant under Mike Budenholzer for the past 6 seasons. Jenkins spent 5 seasons in Atlanta with Bud and followed him to Milwaukee for this past season. Jenkins began his coaching career as an intern for the Spurs in 2007 and was an assistant coach for the Spurs G-League affiliate from 2008-2012 before being promoted to head coach of the then-Austin Toros where he went 27-23. Jenkins went viral earlier this postseason for jumping out of his seat to stop the Bucks bench from stepping onto the court during a minor scuffle against the Pistons.
Jenkins figures to bring the up-tempo, high octane style offense to the Grizzlies that has helped Coach Budenholzer become a coach of the year favorite. After a decade of playing “in the mud”, the Grizzlies are making another coaching hire with clear intentions to catch up to the style of play of today’s NBA.
The Grizzlies fired J.B. Bickerstaff and demoted a majority of the front office shortly after the exit interviews on April 11th. They quickly named Jason Wexler and Zachary Kleiman as the new men in charge of the organization and they both lead a very broad coaching search that including a wide range of candidates. Ultimately, Jenkins won out and the Grizzlies are giving him his first shot at being an NBA head coach.