After a frantic start to the season, the NBA Coaching Guillotine™ had been given a break. And now, it’s back to work. Its first victim was Marc Iavaroni, now formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies.
After starting the season 11-30, and currently on a seven-game losing streak, the Grizz’s braintrust had seen enough of Iavaroni’s work to deem him expendable. And now he’s gone. The Memphis Commercial appeal has the details:
Marc Iavaroni’s first head coaching stint lasted 1½ seasons. The Grizzlies fired him Thursday night, citing the poor record and lack of player development.
Former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, now an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, will be named Iavaroni’s successor this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans.
The Grizz were one of the feel-good stories at the beginning of the season, playing a frantic and wildly athletic brand of basketball. But then, the losing began. And it’s now time for a change.
Iavaroni leaves Memphis with a lifetime record of 33-90.