Published On: Fri, Apr 12th, 2019

Grizzlies fire coach Bickerstaff

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Under coach JB Bickerstaff, the Memphis Grizzlies miss the NBA playoffs for the second straight season

Published 9:20 AM, April 12, 2019

Updated 9:20 AM, April 12, 2019

SHAKEUP. Memphis says it needs a ‘fresh approach’ as the Grizzlies relieve coach JB Bickerstaff and demote two other officials. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

SHAKEUP. Memphis says it needs a ‘fresh approach’ as the Grizzlies relieve coach JB Bickerstaff and demote two other officials. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach JB Bickerstaff and demoted general manager Chris Wallace to a scouting position as part of a major management overhaul, the NBA team announced on Thursday, April 11 (Friday, April 12, Manila time).

“In order to put our team on the path to sustainable success, it was necessary to change our approach to basketball operations,” chairman Robert Pera said in a statement.

“I look forward to a re-energized front office and fresh approach to Memphis Grizzlies basketball under new leadership, while retaining the identity and values that have distinguished our team.”

Bickerstaff was promoted to interim head coach during the 2017-18 season after David Fizdale was fired and given the job permanently 11 months ago. The team went 15-48 under Bickerstaff in his first season and 33-49 this season.

Long-time GM Wallace and vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger were demoted to scouting and senior advisory roles.

Wallace had replaced Jerry West as Grizzlies general manager in 2007.

The Grizzlies also promoted Jason Wexler to president. – Rappler.com

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