MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As the Memphis Grizzlies get their front office reorganized after two straight years out of the NBA playoffs, the team is starting to turn attention on who will be its next head coach.
According to Eurohoopsnet.com, the Grizzlies are interested in Lithuanian Basketball Coach Sarunas Jasikevecius. They’ve sent recently-named VP of Basketball affairs Tayshaun Prince overseas to interview him. Prince reportedly arrived in Lithuania Thursday night.
Jasikevicius is the Fiery 43-year-old head coach of Zalgiris, a local powerhouse with a 28-4 record. Zalgiris made it to the Euroleague Quarterfinals this season. They also made it to last year’s Euroleague Final Four under Jasikevicius, who’s been their coach since 2016.
Jasikevicius played in College as a point guard at Maryland and spent a couple of years in the NBA before finishing his playing career in the Euroleagues.
The Grizzlies are also reportedly looking at Utah Jazz Assistant Alex Jensen. According to the Atlantic, Jensen interviewed for the Memphis job Tuesday. He’s been with the Jazz since 2013 and is seen as a wonder with player development.
Here’s something to think about. With all these coaches hither and yon, there is one coach who’s a proven winner at this level, and he’s right here in Memphis.
Lionel Hollins still lives in the Bluff City. He’s the winningest head coach in Grizzlies history and the only one to take the team to the Western Conference Finals.
Hollins and the Grizzlies parted ways after new owner Robert Pera brought in Jason Levien as General Manager. Despite Hollins’ success, Levien decided not to renew his contract. Pera later fired Levien.