Grizzlies fire Dave Joerger as head coach

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The NBA head coaching bloodbath continued on Saturday morning as the Memphis Grizzlies announced the dismissal of Dave Joerger after three seasons:

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today that Dave Joerger will not return as head coach next season.

“After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success for this organization, the city and our fans,” said General Manager, Chris Wallace.

“On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would like to thank Dave for his work and time in Memphis,” Wallace continued. “We wish Dave and his family all the best and success as he moves forward in his career.”

Joerger started with the Grizzlies as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies prior to the 2007-08 season, eventually replacing Lionel Hollins as head coach on June 27, 2013. Joerger owns an overall career head coaching record of 147-99 (.598), including three NBA Playoff appearances with the Grizzlies. In 22 career playoff games, he holds an overall record of 9-13 (.409).

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

This would seem to be a curious decision, given the Grizzlies’ success despite all the injuries they suffered this season. The Undefeated‘s Marc Spears reports that, at the root of the decision, Grizzlies management was annoyed that Joerger kept seeking permission to interview for other coaching gigs.

Whatever the cause, another job in the west is now open, in addition to Sacramento and Houston.