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Friday, January 23, 2009

Maurice Cheeks Hired As Grizzlies Assistant

Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni was fired late Thursday night after just one and a half seasons with the team. His rough relationship with star Rudy Gay was one of the main reasons for the firing.

Former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson declined the offer for head coaching job. Assistant coach Johnny Davis will take over as interim coach before Bucks' assistant Lionel Hollins will be introduced as the new head coach in the next few days.

Recently fired Sixers' coach will make a return to coaching after he was hired as an assistant to join Hollins. The Grizzlies have a nice young nucleus of players: Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Marc Gasol, and Darrell Arthur. However, the Grizzlies are way out of the playoff hunt and already have their eyes set on next season.

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