Grizzlies news: The ‘Grit & Grind’ era is officially over and the Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of a rebuild. They team recently hired Taylor Jenkins to be the new head coach, and the first thing that he wants to do is to establish a solid relationship with his players.
“To me, the number one thing is relationships. You talk about adversity. Well, there’s going to be plenty of success in life, and there’s going to be adversity in life.
There’s going to be both success and adversity on the court. For us, if we have strong relationships and compete together, we all focus on getting better, the relationships that you have … well, I was (recently) at breakfast with Jae Crowder. It was, ‘Let’s talk about family.’ He’s had a lot of transition in his career. Let’s talk about who you are and what your journey has been like in life. When you show that true care, and I think Popovich is the greatest at it, when you can look across the table at someone and say ‘I’ve got your back and I know about you,’ you can handle and face the ups and downs together throughout the season.”
The Grizzlies aren’t expected to have a legitimate shot in the playoffs, but they have two solid young players that they can build around in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, this year’s second overall pick.
Jenkins understands that coaching a rebuilding team isn’t going to be easy, especially since he can be replaced if the team fails to show a significant amount of improvement this season. Still, he believes that continuity is the key for Memphis to be successful, which is why he is focusing on building a solid bond with each and every member of the team.
“That bond can carry you throughout. Hopefully, what we’re trying to build here in Memphis is sustained success, and that’s only done through impactful relationships. In the NBA, there’s a ton of turnover and players come and go, but hopefully, as we witnessed with the previous era here in Memphis, with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley and Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, we can create that again where the community feels that.”
It might take some time for the Grizzlies to become a championship contender again, but if the management won’t rush anything, this team could become something special. Of course, it will depend significantly on how fast Morant and Jackson can improve, but having a solid foundation between the players and coaches will also play a key role in making this happen.
And Jenkins seems to be on the right track at the moment.
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