Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Joerger given permission to interview with Timberwolves

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Were right there with you, Dave.

Crazy times in the Grizzlies organization continue. According to multiple sources, but first reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, head coach Dave Joerger has been granted permission to interview for the Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach opening.

Joerger is from Minnesota, and has ties to Flip Saunders, so it's not a surprise at all that the Timberwolves came calling. What's surprising—or it would've been surprising before the Grizzlies' Red Wedding reenactment on Monday—is that Joerger was granted permission to interview for the job.

It's been widely reported that Griz owner Robert Pera wanted to fire Joerger early in the season. The reported number was 30 or so games into the season. I've heard from more than one source that Pera may have wanted Joerger fired as early as four or five games into the season. Which, of course, is stupid. But The guys who hired Joerger to replace Lionel Hollins are gone, and now Joerger appears to be free to go if he chooses to, so...

...we'll see. We'll see what the Griz front office looks like after Pera reconstructs it in the way he sees fit, and who fills the coaching opening. There are good coaches available (George Karl) and crappy coaches available (Mark Jackson). Somebody's going to be the coach, anyways.

With any luck, the Grizzlies will get their act together before long. How much luck do the Grizzlies have?


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