The Memphis Grizzlies' hire of Dave Joerger may at first seem like a continuation of the Lionel Hollins era, but it's much more if they are to win a title. Unlike the conjecture of Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin, Joerger's squad must evolve past simple spirited play to achieve this core's aim.
Helin described the move as an easy shift for the Grizzlies. He said Joerger "isn't a dramatic change for the team in terms of style. The guys know him."
However, the 39-year-old is more than a new guy making the same signals Hollins would wave. According to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal, Joerger implemented the defense. He'd been given more power in the past couple years.
He's expected to be more pliable to the front office than Hollins was. As the Memphis Flyer's Chris Herrington noted, the Grizzlies had wanted a coach who would "implement organization philosophy."
Also, Joerger must find a way to improve a slow, low-scoring offense. Real scoring has been the biggest thing missing for a team gaining credibility as a championship contender.
Follow along for a breakdown of all of the measures the six-year Memphis assistant needs to take to put the team over the top.