Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff


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Memphis Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff joins The Woj Pod to discuss the revival of Grit-‘n-Grind, watching Marc Gasol and Mike Conley work every day, the emergence of rookie Jaren Jackson, the burden of the interim coaching tag, why he considered a move college basketball, the internal fight that a coach deals with to stay true to his principles and more.

0:37: Doc Rivers getting the most out of the Clippers, and Montrezl Harrell’s breakout start to the season.

2:12: The lack of separation between teams early in the season.

3:41: The difference between being an interim head coach and having the job full time.

5:25: Why the Grizzlies have been able to bounce back after being in the lottery last season.

7:00: The value of Jaren Jackson Jr. getting to play alongside veteran players on a good team.

8:56: The Grizzlies doubling down on their Grit-N-Grind identity.

14:24: Veteran leadership being essential to set the tone in a locker room.

16:45: How shorter contracts impact team chemistry.

18:28: The advantages of playing differently than the rest of the league.

19:58: Did Bickerstaff wonder if he would get another head-coaching opportunity after his interim stint in Houston.

21:48: Bickerstaff’s thought on the benefits of coaching in college and how he could have helped the players grow as people.

29:57: What he learned about coaching from his parents.

31:19: The advantages of growing up around the league.

33:42: Bickerstaff’s coaching principles that he won’t compromise.

35:03: The importance of building relationships with players, and how he’s bonding with Marc Gasol.

40:40: The partnership between Mike Conley Jr. and Gasol.

42:27: Deciding how much to practice during the season.

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