PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05: Assistant coach David Joerger of the Memphis Grizzlies assumes head coaching duties during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 5 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Joerger grew up in Minnesota, played basketball at Moorhead State (here's a card!) and began his professional coaching career as an assistant with the IBA's Fargo-Moorhead Beez in 1997. From there, Joerger embarked on a journey that led to five champions over seven seasons in three different leagues before being called up to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007.
Now, it seems, the former Dakota Wizards head coach is ready to take another step forward. Kevin McHale will soon be named the next head coach of the Houston Rockets and is expected to include Joerger as a candidate to be his top assistant, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger is expected to be a candidate to become McHale's top assistant, sources said.
For D-League fans, this could bring a bit of turmoil as to where their loyalties lie because current Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Chris Finch is also expected to be brought aboard McHale's staff.
With a few members of the media saying McHale is probably a two-year stop-gap before the Rockets bring up a younger head coach, it's going to be quite interesting to see whether Joerger or Finch -- both deserving candidates -- is promoted from within.