Grizzlies hire JB Bickerstaff as next head coach

By Kirstie Chiappelli 27 April 2018 279
Grizzlies hire JB Bickerstaff as next head coach

Memphis has its next head coach.

JB Bickerstaff has agreed to a three-year contract with the Grizzlies to become the team's coach, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

He will replace David Fizdale, who was fired on Nov. 27 after a 7-12 start to the  2017-18 season.

Bickerstaff served as the Grizzlies' interim coach for most of the season before the hire, leading the team for the final 63 games of the regular season and posting a 15-48 record.

Bickerstaff, 39, previously served as assistant coach for the Rockets for 11 seasons before replacing Kevin McHale as interim coach in 2015. Bickerstaff went 37-34 that season and helped Houston reach the playoffs.

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