Chris Wallace andthe Memphis Grizzlies sent out an e-mail last night to all of their MVP season ticket holders. As an 8 year season ticket holder I felt it was imperative for all fans of the franchise to read his comments.
In my time here, I’m proud of the foundation we’ve built: a roster loaded with rising young talent, the flexibility to be aggressive in the free-agent market; and a plan dedicated to achieving the ultimate goal – to bring an NBA Championship to Memphis. As our True Fans and loyal MVPs, I wanted to personally deliver our vision of the future and explain the recent changes.
Despite a season that has had more than its share of bumps in the road, we felt strongly that the development of our young core of players was not where we intended it to be at the mid-way point.With that in mind we made the decision to change our coaching staff in an effort to stimulate that development and by doing so we found someone equally as committed to our plan; a leader who is not only invested in the success of this organization but also this city.
Our new Head Coach Lionel Hollins, brings an impressive resum of NBA experience both as a coach and player and an undeniable passion and enthusiasm gained from working under some of the greatest coaches in NBA history such as Dr. Jack Ramsey, Chuck Daly, and Hubie Brown.
Lionel also brings extensive experience with our organization and a commitment to the city of Memphis. While working this past season with the Milwaukee Bucks, he not only kept his permanent residence in Memphis but also continued his work with the young people at the Grizzlies Academy.
On the court, Lionel and the coaching staff will work toward re-igniting the defensive and offensive energy we witnessed earlier this season by stressing offensive efficiency, a commitment to defense and in turn a greater emphasis on the transition game. Work hard, share the ball and get after it, night in and night out as a team.
From all of us here, thank you again for your unwavering support. Here’s to the years of success to come.
General Manager and V.P. of Basketball Operations