(WMC) - When asked if it had been a tough week, Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said it had been a tough 14 months.
Joerger met with the media for the first time Thursday since his trip to Minnesota, to explore the head coaching job available in his home state.
He did that, he said with the blessing of owner Robert Pera, who called Joerger shortly after his return from the interview and laid out the plan he wanted Jorge to help carry out.
Now with a new contract in hand, and what he calls a shared vision with the Grizzlies owner, Joerger says there's no reason to question his commitment to the franchise; he's here because this is the place he wants to be.
"You got so many things running through your mind and for me, it's emotional," said Joerger.
"And you try to take emotion out of decisions you try to make business wise, but obviously, I was telling I'm the oldest of like 65 grandchildren, there's been a lot of tickets purchased up there, so I have a lot of people behind me up there that are disappointed, but at the same time, happy about this situation and the stability going forward is rock solid, right here," he said.
Joerger says he never felt like his job was in danger, despite reports Pera had wanted to fire him early in the Grizzlies slow start.
He says he also believes Pera will be a more involved owner, now that the two have an open dialogue between them.
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