Nearly three weeks after dismissing head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, the Grizzlies have officially begun the process of finding his replacement. And the first candidate known the Grizzlies have brought in could provide a clue as to what the team is looking for in its next head coach. Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies job on Tuesday, according to league sources and The Athletic’s Tony Jones. Regardless of the direction the Grizzlies decide to commit toward next season, Jensen appears to be a capable fit. Jensen is also interviewing for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening, league sources told The Athletic.
Jensen, who has been with the Jazz since 2013, is regarded as a tactician who played a major role in developing star center Rudy Gobert. The Jazz won 25 games during his first season. Five seasons later, Utah is coming off three consecutive 48-plus win seasons and playoff berths. If hired by the Grizzlies, one of Jensen’s primary tasks will be developing big man Jaren Jackson Jr., who is entering his second season and is viewed by many within the organization as a franchise centerpiece.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen interviewed today in Memphis for the vacant Grizzlies head coaching job, league sources tell @Omari Sanfoka II and myself. Jensen is also expected to interview in Cleveland this week, league sources
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen interviewed today in Memphis for the vacant Grizzlies head coaching job, league sources tell @Omari Sanfoka II and myself. Jensen is also expected to interview in Cleveland this week, league sources say
Eric Walden: Grayson said one of his biggest issues was getting small footwork details correct. Said Bryant and Snyder would constantly show him the difference on video between how he’d defend in the G League vs. the NBA, and it gave him the confidence to know he is capable of defending.
Eric Walden: Jae, on Quin: “He makes himself accountable everyday. He shows up to work [ready] to work. … As players, we joke with him, ‘You need to get some sleep.’ He throws himself into it.”
Tony Jones: Thabo Sefolosha: I think very highly of Quin (Snyder). I see how hard he works and how he tries to get the team to a spot where it can be successful
Eric Walden: Korver: “I think Quin is, if not the best, one of the best coaches in the NBA. … He’s really, really good.”
Andy Larsen: Dennis Lindsey: Quin is doing some really cool stuff. We’re at the top of the league in open shots. We need to find a way to make more.
Snyder addressed Kokoskov’s recent firing after just one season in the desert. “We talked and I don’t need to comment on the situation,” Snyder said. “You can imagine kind of my thoughts, but I will say having worked with Igor recently and over the years, as far back as the previous century, I know what a quality coach he is and the kind of person he is.”
During the regular season, Snyder even praised him as a “genius,” who taught him things as far keeping the game simple. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have future opportunities and any time you’re in a program and it’s your first year with whatever type of adversity,” Snyder said. “When something’s new there’s always challenges. Obviously, as a coach it’s always unfortunate when you see a colleague let go and with Igor it’s much more personal than that for me.
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder pregame: “We’re getting better shots than any team in the playoffs, based on qSQ ratings. We’re getting open looks. You can’t stop taking them or thinking that they’re not good shots. They are.”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Jazz being more aggressive: “Aggressiveness isn’t something that someone serves you for dinner; it’s exactly the opposite — it’s you get hungry. That’s been who we are, and that just has to be a focal point regardless of anything we’re doing tactically.”
Salman Ali: Quin Snyder believes Houston’s experience together has made them a better team than what they were last year. Also mentions the depth additions of Danuel House, Austin Rivers, and Kenneth Faried.
Salman Ali: Quin Snyder says he is happy with how the team defended James Harden last game. Mentioned keeping him off the free throw line and three-point attempts.
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