Former Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be officially part of the Memphis Grizzlies as part of David Fizdale’s coaching staff. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Memphis Grizzlies has agreed with J.B. Bickerstaff as associate head coach.
J.B. Bickerstaff became the center of controversies after he expressed his desire to move out of the Houston Rockets and search for another job in the NBA. Bickerstaff decided to pull out his name from the list of the candidates to be next head coach of the Houston Rockets. He was assigned as the Rockets interim coach when the management fired Kevin McHale in November.
J.B. Bickerstaff established a record of 37-34 and led the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference playoffs. However, the Rockets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the first round even without the reigning MVP Stephen Curry due to an ankle injury. Bickerstaff’s decision to leave the Rockets was because of the dispute between James Harden and Dwight Howard. He called the Rockets “broken team” typically pertains to their lack of chemistry every game.
On the other hand, J.B. Bickerstaff will be a great addition to the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff. He obtained lots of experience as an assistant coach from 2004-05 to 2015-16 NBA season where he became part of the Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Houston Rockets.
The Los Angeles Lakers were also reportedly pursuing Bickerstaff to be part of Luke Walton’s coaching staff. Bickerstaff’s experience makes him a big asset to any team that would get his service. Now that he will be working with David Fizdale, their first assignment should be to re-sign Mike Conley in free agency.
The Memphis Grizzlies should start to rebuild the team with Mike Conley at the center together with other stars like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. If they will be having a healthy roster next season, there is a higher possibility that they will be one of the contenders for the NBA championship title.
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