Bulls assistant coach Ed Pinckney will have a second interview for the Grizzlies' head-coaching vacancy Wednesday in Memphis, CSNChicago.com has learned. Pinckney initially interviewed with Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien last week in New York and according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the initial discussions went well enough that Memphis believes the former Villanova star's candidacy warrants further review. Also under consideration for the opening are former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, who will have his second interview this week, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, and current Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger. Former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl is also reportedly a candidate for the position, but according to league sources, Pinckney, Joerger and Gentry are ahead of the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year in the process, as the organization's new front office is already familiar with the Memphis assistant and the ex-Phoenix coach, like Pinckney, interviewed with the Grizzlies last week and is slated for a follow-up this week. Pinckney, a longtime NBA player, joined the Bulls' coaching staff in 2010, when Tom Thibodeau began his tenure in Chicago. Previously, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, which he led to the 1985 NCAA Championship, as well as a Minnesota Timberwolves aide under Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman and ex-Boston Celtics teammate Kevin McHale, now the head coach of the Houston Rockets. While he's more under-the-radar than many of the coaches vying for jobs in what's already been a tumultuous coaching carousel, Pinckney is highly regarded for his ability to communicate with players and skill-development work.
Bulls' Pinckney, Grizzlies set for second interview Wednesday
CSN Chicago | Jun 19