MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Marc Iavaroni will return to lead the Memphis Grizzlies next season after having won only 22 games in his first stint as an NBA head coach.
The Grizzlies' disappointing season led to talks among franchise executives and owner Michael Heisley about the direction of the team.
``We had a lot of discussions, and we were very supportive of Marc and the job he did throughout the year,'' Wallace said. ``It was basically what all organizations do. They review all aspects of the operation, and we came to the conclusion that Marc should come back again to get a chance to build on what he started.''
Iavaroni joined the Grizzlies amid efforts to rebuild the team with younger players.
``We've got to do something to add a physical toughness,'' Iavaroni said. ``We're willing to look at all things concerning our schemes, simplifying them, adding toughness in terms of personnel and making guys more accountable.''
He is the team's fifth coach in its seven years in Memphis.
The Grizzlies traded away top scorer and rebounder Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers in February.
Memphis has been especially weak on defense.
``Marc's been with some very good defensive systems before, particularly in Miami with Pat Riley and up in Cleveland with Mike Fratello, and he was a good defensive player, so he can teach defense,'' Wallace said. ``We're going to make a big emphasis on improving our defense next year.''
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Davis aims to lift visitors to victory Anthony Davis has a league-leading 599 points through 19 games. Still, even his Herculean efforts seemingly aren’t enough to pull the Pelicans out of the...
Thumbnail Whiteside takes his one-man show to Rip City After a 2-8 start out of the gate, Miami has righted itself quite nicely. But will Erik Spoelstra’s crew be able to sustain that momentum in the Pacific...
Thumbnail Rockets vs. Nuggets Prediction After stunning the Warriors last night as a double-digit underdog, will the Rockets cover again tonight when they visit the Nuggets at 10:30PM...
Thumbnail Butler aims to keep scorching nets The Cavaliers are coming off back-to-back losses heading into tonight’s game at Chicago. Can LeBron James & Co. get back on track in...
Thumbnail Pistons vs. Hawks Pick Can the Detroit Pistons continue their current hot streak on the road when they face the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8PM...
More inNBA Articles  
Advertisement

NBA Team Pages