Jan. 30, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns assistant coach coach Elston Turner during game against the Dallas Mavericks at the US Airways Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 122-99. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Elston Turner to Lead Grizzly Assistants

Conspiracy alert! Flip is angling for his eventual return to the bench at the cost of the current Wolves squad! Why? Because Elston Turner is on his way to Memphis!

(Ed Note: It could have been: Elston Turner to Lead Grizzly Assistance…)

Overblown conspiracy theory or just genuine speculation, after hanging in limbo for a while after leaving Houston, Turner landed on the new Memphis coaching staff. He didn’t get the head coaching job in Charlotte and despite little noise indicating how hot the Wolves really were in reuniting Adelman and Turner, going to the Grizzlies — ahem, the Western Conference Finalists — would undoubtedly be seen as a rung or two or three above them constantly rebuilding Wolves.

Hard for me to say, but genuflect y’all.

My main motivation for seeing Turner in Minnesota was never having to see Terry Porter’s rotations again, but the Flip-is-angling angle isn’t without cause for concern. Cause, y’know, dude was a coach here and stuff.

Anyway, Comcast Sports Net has this:

Longtime NBA assistant Elston Turner has accepted a lead assistant position with the Memphis Grizzlies, a league source relayed to CSNNW.com.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Turner was the No. 1 option for newly crowned Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger.

Turner, 54, is considered to be one of the great defensive minded coaches in the profession. He also had talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves in regards to rejoining Rick Adelman’s staff.

Turner has been a top candidate for several head coaching vacancies over the last few years. He most recently interviewed for the Charlotte Bobcats this offseason before they eventually hired Steve Clifford.


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