Grizzlies hire Nick Van Exel, J.B. Bickerstaff as assistants on David Fizdale’s staff
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — New Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has added J.B. Bickerstaff and Nick Van Exel to his staff.
The Grizzlies announced Wednesday they’ve hired Bickerstaff as associate head coach and Van Exel as an assistant coach. Terms of their deals weren’t disclosed.
Bickerstaff was the Houston Rockets’ interim head coach this past season and had a 37-34 record and playoff berth. He had been on the Rockets’ staff the past five seasons. Bickerstaff also has worked as an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11).
Van Exel, who played in the NBA from 1993-2006, was head coach of the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends this past season. He previously had been an assistant with the Legends and Milwaukee Bucks as well as an Atlanta Hawks player development instructor.