NBA: Grizzlies name Joerger coach

Memphis Grizzlies formally introduced longtime assistant David Joerger as their new head coach on Thursday.

Joerger had been an assistant with the Grizzlies for the past six NBA seasons, including the last two as lead assistant for head coach Lionel Hollins.

The Grizzlies parted ways with Hollins earlier this month, even though he guided the club to the best playoff run in their 18-year history.

The Grizzlies reached the Western Conference finals for the first time this season, winning a club-record 56 regular-season games and beating the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City before losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

Joerger also played a key role, his influence on the defensive side of the ball contributing greatly to the Grizzlies' success.

"We are thrilled to announce we have hired David Joerger as the next head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies," said chief executive Jason Levien.

"Not only do we think Dave will continue to grow the team's league-best defensive identity, but we believe we have one of the league's budding coaching talents to lead our team."