Joerger axing underlines lack of job security in the coaching box

Sun May 8, 2016 12:32am EDT
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If the National Basketball Association's 2015-16 campaign has revealed anything about coaching, it is that no job can be considered safe any more.

The Memphis Grizzlies dismissed coach Dave Joerger on Saturday, a move which would have come as a surprise in any other season bar this one.

Joerger, who had been with the franchise since becoming an assistant in 2007, enjoyed three winning seasons and recently pushed the Grizzlies to a third consecutive playoff appearance, despite serious injuries to key players.

Those achievements were not enough, however, to secure his job.

"After careful consideration, I concluded that a change was needed to foster the strong culture required to achieve sustainable, long-term success for this organization, the city and our fans," Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement.

Changes to the faces in the coaching box have come fast and furious almost since the opening tipoff.

In November, the Houston Rockets sacked Kevin McHale despite his having led them to the Western Conference Finals the previous year.

David Blatt got Cleveland to the NBA Finals last summer but that could not save him from being ousted by the Cavaliers in January.   Continued...

Dec 16, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Dave Joerger at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports