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Continued: Scoggins: Defensive-minded Joerger is just what Wolves need

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 24, 2014 - 12:37 AM

He’s not just a defensive coach, though. That’s probably an inaccurate label. Joerger, like Saunders, might even be classified as an offensive coach at heart.

Joerger prefers a fast tempo on offense, not the grind-it-out approach that Hollins favors. The Grizzlies’ personnel dictated a slower pace, but there’s little doubt that Joerger and Saunders share similar offensive principles.

Let’s be honest about something else, too. Saunders likely sees himself in Joerger: a coaching gym rat who worked his way up from the minor leagues. Saunders probably still has a hankering to coach and likely views Joerger as a kindred spirit he can share ideas with and help mold in ways that he couldn’t with a veteran coach.

We could know in a few days if Joerger is the hire, or if Saunders has somebody else in mind. The local guy returning home would be a nice story. The fact that he has a keen appreciation for defense is even better.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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