Three Western Conference coaches reportedly in trouble

In a recent article, The Athletic’s John Hollinger revealed three Western Conference NBA coaches who could be on the bench next season.

“Three names that came up in my conversations with people around the league were Taylor Jenkins of the Memphis Grizzlies, Willie Green of the New Orleans Pelicans and Chauncey Billups of the Portland Trail Blazers,” Hollinger wrote.

Of Jenkins, Hollinger stated: “Jenkins is coming off a 27-win season that was plagued by countless injuries. He has mostly had success in Memphis, including finishing second in the 2022 Coach of the Year voting, but the Grizzlies have endured some turbulence since then. Most notably, Memphis also fired most of its assistant coaches just before the combine; That’s always a sign that the head coach is not a great place.”

Next season is important for Memphis, because while last year can be attributed to injuries, the Grizzlies will have to prove that they are still one of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies were the No. 2 seed in back-to-back seasons before injuries derailed last season, but the Western Conference has seen the rise of several teams since Memphis last made the playoffs. It won’t be easy for the Grizzlies to simply regain their spot near the top of the standings.

According to Hollinger, Jenkins could be in trouble, especially if Memphis fails to perform at the level many believe it should with a healthy Ja Morant and company.

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