The Memphis Grizzlies announced Monday the extension of the contract of their coach Taylor Jenkins for several seasons.
Three years and two days ago, Taylor Jenkins was named head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, after spending a season as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks (and five in Atlanta before). This Monday, the 37-year-old Texan extended his contract for “several seasons”, the duration of which was not disclosed by the Tennessee franchise. ” Taylor has done an outstanding job leading our team and this extension is well deserved. The year-over-year progress under Taylor speaks for itself, but his growth-oriented, selfless and competitive approach has been a driving force in establishing an enduring culture. We are confident that Taylor will lead us Memphis to its first title,” responded general manager Zachary Z. Kleiman.
A very good 2021-22 season for Memphis
Arriving at the same time as Ja Morant, No. 2 in the 2019 draft, Taylor Jenkins has grown his team around his star leader. During the first season under his command, Memphis finished 9th in the West and was eliminated by Portland during the disputed play-in in the Orlando bubble. In 2020-21, the Grizzlies once again finished 9th, and beat San Antonio and Golden State in the play-in before being eliminated by Utah in the first round of the play-offs. And this season, the Grizzlies really took off, in the wake of a Ja Morant voted best progress of the season, and after finishing second in the Western Conference (a first in the history of the franchise) and eliminating Minnesota in the first round, they were eliminated by Golden State. On this occasion, Memphis equaled the best record in its history (56 wins – 26 losses), under the orders of a Taylor Jenkins elected coach of the month in 2021 and second in the ranking of the best coach of the season behind Monty Williams, his Phoenix counterpart. Next season, with a team that will have an additional year of experience, the objective will be to play in a Conference final.