MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – After new Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins was introduced to the media Wednesday, it wasn’t hard to find an array of opinions in Grizz Nation.
The 34-year-old comes to Memphis with a successful resume as an assistant coach but must now prove his chops as a first time NBA head coach.
Season ticket holders weighed in outside FedExForum, and their opinions covered the entire spectrum. Some were excited, others perplexed, and then there were those with more of a ‘let’s wait and see’ feeling.
“I’m real excited about it, I think it’s a good change for the Grizzlies,” Gary Daly said.
“I think he’s got the enthusiasm we need to get the city behind him,” Betsy Melby added.
Others in Grizz Nation admitted they weren’t so sure about the hire.
“I don’t know him, I don’t know anything about him,” one fan said.
Kathy Orr added, “I’ve never heard of him before, so I don’t have a big opinion of him yet.”
Jenkins comes to the Bluff City with an economics degree from an Ivy League school, Penn, and is known in NBA circles for his statistical approach as an assistant coach.
Grizzlies fans said time will tell if that style of coaching equals wins.
“That’s where it’s gonna come in, in terms of picking the next players and seeing what the future of the team looks like, and so I think that’s important and he’ll play a big role in that,” Melby said.
“I don’t know how important (analytics) is,” Daly said. “If he can get these guys motivated, that will be the key thing.”
Analytics or not with Jenkins, one thing all Grizzlies fans can agree on: they’re ready for a return to the postseason.
“We really need to get back on track, especially with the playoffs,” Orr said.
Jenkins is now the second youngest coach in the NBA. He’s also the Grizzlies’ fourth head coach since the 2015-2016 season.