Memphis Grizzlies coach history part 2

memphis grizzlies coach history

Part 2-Memphis Grizzlies have had a number of coaches over the years; some with memorable moments, some with poor records, some with records and moments fans will never forget. Last time we ranked the Grizzlies coaches from the least and today we’ll be looking at the top five coaches in the franchise’s history.

5. David Fizdale
Memphis Grizzlies David Fizdale,
Fizdale who recently was the head coach of the New York Knicks. On May 29, 2016, Fizdale was announced as the new head coach of the Grizzlies. Fizdale’s first season saw the Grizzlies finish 3rd in the Southwest division with a 43-39 record and a .524%. He also reached the Western Conference playoffs. However, Fizdale was fired early in the 2017-18 season following a 7-12 start and his publicized benching of Marc Gasol. He could have probably done better if he wasn’t fired.

4. Mike Fratello
memphis Coach Mike Fratello
Michael Robert Fratello – the sports broadcaster and professional coach is currently an analyst for Fox Sports in Ohio for the Cavaliers and a part-time color commentator for Fox Sports West for the Clippers when they play on the road. Mike Fratello took charge of the Grizzlies from 2004-2006. In his first season, Fratello inherited a 5-11 record but he turned it around to win 40 games and advance to the playoff, with a .606 W-L%. The following season, he won 49 games (598 W-L%) with the Grizzlies to return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Fratello left the Grizzlies with a 6-24 record in 2006, taking his overall record with the Grizzlies to 95-83.

3. David Joerger
Grizzlies David Joerger
Joerger who most recently served as head coach of the Sacramento Kings was the Grizzlies’ head coach from 2013 to 2016. The coach who had won five minor league championships was first hired as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies in the 2007-08 season. Following Hollins’ departure, Joerger was announced as head coach for the Grizzlies on June 27th, 2013. In his first season, he raked two awards for the Western Conference Coach of the month for January and April. He finished 3rd in the division with a 50-32 record (.610 W-L%) and made it to the playoffs. In his second season, he extended his wins to 55 and lost 27 games, finishing 2nd in the division. He also took the team to the Conference Semifinal where they lost to the State Warriors. His third season saw him advance to the playoffs and finishing 3rd in the Southwest division with a 42-40 record.

2. Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown grizzlies
In NO. 2 is two time NBA Coach of the Year, retired coach, current television analyst and Hall of Famer Hubert Brown. In 2002, Hubie come off his sixteen year break to coach the Grizzlies, all thanks to Jerry West after Sidney Lowe was fired. Hubie who was the oldest coach in the league then, inherited an 0-8 record to finish the season with a 28-46 record. However, Hubie turned the team around in the 2003-04 season, finishing with a 50-32 record and making the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history. Hubie was named Coach of the Year following this achievement,
Hubie Brown couldn’t continue coaching for long due to health concerns. He resigned after a 5-7 start to the 2004-05 season.

1. Lionel Hollins

lionel hollins memphis coach history

Memphis Grizzlies and their fans can never forget Lionel Hollins. Lionel Hollins had three stints as a coach with the Grizzlies.
In the 1999-2000 season, Hollins acted as an Interim coach while the team were still located in Vancouver. He coached 60 games and won 18, to finish 7th in the division.  He served as interim coach again in 2004.
On January 25, 2009, Hollins was named head coach for the Grizzlies. He finished the season with a 13-26 record following 39 games. Hollins won his 100th career game as coach of Grizzlies in an 89-86 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. He led the Grizzlies to a 46-36 record that season, earning the eighth seed in the playoffs. The Grizzlies defeated the number one seed San Antonio Spurs before losing in the semifinals to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the lockout shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 41-25 record; the franchise’s best winning percentage in history (.621). Hollins also won Coach of the month for April following a 13-3 record. The streak earned the Grizzlies the four seed in the Western Conference, with home court advantage for the first time in their history. They however, lost in the first round.
In 2012-13, Hollins led Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise record 56-win. The team made it to the Western Conference Finals but lost to San Antonio Spurs.
In total, Hollins led the Grizzlies to three straight playoffs, their first playoff win, a franchise best .683 percentage and the first playoff series victory in franchise history.  Lionel Hollins won a total of 196 games as the Grizzlies’ coach.

And there we have it, the top coaches in the franchise’s history.

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