Grizzlies name Bucks' Jenkins new head coach

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

The final National Basketball Association head-coaching vacancy has reportedly been filled. In his first act as a head coach in the NBA, Jenkins will be tasked with leading the lottery-bound Grizzlies back into the playoff picture in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach.

While Jenkins joined Milwaukee's staff just last summer he spent the five years prior to that with Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta.

Now that he has landed the Memphis job, Jenkins is the third Budenholzer assistant to earn an National Basketball Association head-coaching job, joining Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn Nets). Budenholzer, of course, earned his shot as a head coach after 18 seasons working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

Jenkins has built a reputation as an outstanding young teacher and tactician, something the Grizzlies saw as greatly attractive with a talent like Murray State point guard Ja Morant, within their crosshairs. The Grizzlies are expected to formalize the announcement later today.

The rebuilding Grizzlies will welcome Jenkins with his first-hand experience in that system and trust him with the keys to a rebuilding franchise.

Memphis had been looking for a new coach since firing J.B. Bickerstaff the day after the season ended in April.

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