Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as new coach

By Gabrielle McMillen 12 June 2019 194
Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as new coach

The Grizzlies have a new head coach.

The team announced Tuesday it has hired Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins to replace J.B. Bickerstaff.

"We are excited to welcome Taylor Jenkins to the Grizzlies organzation," basketball operations chief Zach Kleiman said in a release. "Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our roster while having the elite basketball acumen and forward-thinking positive vision to be a high-level NBA head coach." 

Jenkins spent one season with the Bucks under coach Mike Budenholzer. He also filled the same role when Budenholzer was the coach of the Hawks from 2013-17.

Before his time in Atlanta, Jenkins was the coach of the Austin Toros in the NBA G League and served as an assistant for the team four years before that.

Jenkins is the third coach from Budenholzer's staff to be named as a head coach — Quin Snyder now coaches the Jazz and Kenny Atkinson leads the Nets.

Bickerstaff was fired by the Grizzlies at the end of the regular season after the team finished with a 33-49 record. Aside from letting Bickerstaff go, the Grizzles also made big changes in the front office, demoting general manager Chris Wallace to a scout and promoting Tayshaun Prince to vice president of basketball affairs.

Jason Wexler also was announced as the new team president and Kleiman was named the executive vice president of basketball operations.

The Grizzlies are hoping for a far better season in 2019-20, with the team owning the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA draft.

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