SportsGrizzlies hire Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach – The Daily MemphianBy admin - June 11, 2019039ShareFacebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach.Jenkins, 34, was an assistant last season in Milwaukee under head coach Mike Budenholzer after serving under Budenholzer in the same capacity for the Atlanta Hawks the previous five seasons.Grizzlies Notebook: Bucks assistant joins coaching candidate list, Marc Gasol is Finals boundThe hire comes a little more than a week before the June 20 NBA Draft, though the Grizzlies currently have only the No. 2 pick and seem likely to select Murray State point guard Ja Morant.Of seven known head coaching candidates, Jenkins had been the most recent to emerge. A source indicates that Jenkins had multiple interviews with the Grizzlies and had made multiple visits to Memphis during the process, including meeting with controlling owner Robert Pera.It apparently isn’t the first time Jenkins has been a candidate for a Grizzlies job. Jenkins interviewed last summer for an assistant job on then newly elevated head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s Memphis staff, per a source, though it isn’t clear if he was offered a job before following Budenholzer from Atlanta to Milwaukee.This young coach will likely now be helping grow a young team built around second-year forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and presumed top pick Morant.The Jenkins hire, in conjunction with the shift to a team built around Jackson and Morant, could abet a stylistic sea change for the franchise. The Grizzlies have been one of the NBA’s five slowest-paced teams for the past seven seasons. The Budenholzer-led teams in both Milwaukee and Atlanta, where Jenkins was an assistant, have been among the 10 fastest-paced in each of the past four seasons.Jenkins’ path to his first head-coaching job has been something of an unconventional one.Jenkins has an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and began his NBA career as an undergraduate basketball operations intern with the San Antonio Spurs, where the Dallas native had a family connection to Spurs owner Peter Holt. After a second internship, he was hired by the Spurs but shifted from front office to coaching with the Toros, which is less common than the inverse, going from coaching to management.Jenkins played high school basketball, but did not play past that level.Jenkins becomes the ninth non-interim head coach since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, following Sidney Lowe, Hubie Brown, Mike Fratello, Marc Iavaroni, Lionel Hollins, Dave Joerger, David Fizdale and, most recently, J.B. Bickerstaff. He is the first head coaching hire of new front office leadership Jason Wexler and Zach Kleiman, who were promoted to team president and vice president of basketball operations, respectively, in April.Jenkins fits a similar mold to Kleiman as a young, bright, hard-working figure who has elevated quickly in his NBA career.A relatively low-profile assistant until recently, Jenkins found himself a minor social media phenomenon during the Bucks’ first-round series against the Detroit Pistons due to this display of sideline diligence:— ESPN (@espn) April 21, 2019RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SportsAndrew Luck’s retirement from the NFL shocks Ryan Clark | SportsCenter – ESPN SportsWhat did the Seahawks’ starters show in the “real” preseason game? – Field Gulls SportsSan Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | HIGHLIGHTS – August 24, 2019 – Major League SoccerLEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyPlease enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address!Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.