MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Taylor Jenkins feels confident that Memphis’ new front office will give him enough time to turn around the Grizzlies.
The 34-year-old Jenkins said Wednesday at a news conference that he learned a lot about the Grizzlies during the interview process and the front office’s vision.
“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.”
It’s 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, Zachary Z. Kleiman, the Grizzlies’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, said the Grizzlies know they won’t get where they want overnight. He said the organization wants Jenkins as its partner while rebuilding the franchise.
“The organization has made a significant commitment to Taylor, a long-term commitment, and we’re collectively vested in making sure we get to that sustainable, special place we’re building toward over time,” Kleiman said.