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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Taylor Jenkins feels confident that Memphis’ new front office will give him enough time to turn around the Grizzlies.
Jenkins is the Grizzlies’ fourth head coach since Memphis reached the 2013 Western Conference finals. The 34-year-old coach said Wednesday at a news conference that he learned a lot about the Grizzlies and the front office’s vision during the interview process.
“We know there’s going to be ups and downs,” Jenkins said. “We’re going to have our successes. We’re going to have our mistakes. We want to be perfect, but we know it’s going to take a team to do that, and that’s what made me excited about this opportunity and there was no concern whatsoever.”
This is the first NBA head coaching job for Jenkins, who was Mike Budenholzer‘s assistant in Milwaukee this season and was with him in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio front office before going into coaching with the Spurs’ G League team, coaching the Toros for one season.
While Memphis did not disclose terms of Jenkins’ contract when announcing his hiring Tuesday,