Grizzlies fire coach Dave Joerger after 3 playoff seasons
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies already faced a lot of decisions that could reshape their roster this offseason - now add a coaching search to the list. The Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger on Saturday in a surprising move after three seasons and three straight playoff appearances. A team battered by injuries finished the regular season at 42-40 before being swept in the first round by San Antonio. ''After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustain
Pacers seeking new voice after parting ways with Frank Vogel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird has never cared about popularity contests. All he ever wanted to do was win. So on Thursday, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations announced he would not re-sign Frank Vogel to a new contract despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. Instead, the Pacers will search for a coach who can do Vogel couldn't: win an NBA title. ''Sometimes my job really sucks and this is one of them,'' a somber-sounding Bird told reporters. ''I just ha
Analysis: On the same day the team announced coach Frank Vogel wouldn't return, President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird revealed that Hill also wouldn't be brought back. The forward started 78 games in 2014-15, but sunk back into a reduced role off the bench for much of this past season, appearing in 59 games and averaging just 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.7 minutes. While the numbers aren't eye-popping, Hill still shot nearly 45 percent from the floor, and is a capable defender who's only 25 years old. Hill figures to fetch interest as a lower-tier free agent, as many teams likely see him as a potential rotational forward off the bench.
Analysis: Miles saw his fewest minutes of the series in the decisive Game 7, as coach Frank Vogel opted to lean more heavily on his starting wings. Though he profiles as the Pacers' top three-point shooting off the bench, Miles never really made an impact in the series, averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13 minutes while hitting just two of his 20 attempts from downtown.