JB Bickerstaff on Jerry Stackhouse hire at Vanderbilt & Dirk Nowitzki Legacy
J.B. Bickerstaff spoke about the hiring of his former assistant Jerry Stackhouse on Friday following the Grizzlies’ 122-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
“I’m extremely happy,” Bickerstaff said. “No one is more deserving. I think Vanderbilt is going to be fortunate to have him.”
Stackhouse was serving as an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies this season, and he was the 2017 NBA D-League Coach of the Year in 2017 as the head coach of the Raptors 905.
Bickerstaff commented on his greatest memory of Dirk Nowitzki.
“The championship series against Miami, that always stands out,” Bickerstaff said. “There was no way to slow him down.”
Nowitzki led the Mavericks to an NBA Finals Championship in 2011 following a six game series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. The tall baller from the G finished the final series averaging 26 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2 assists.
Bickerstaff also spoke about the legacy that the Germanator will leave behind.
“I think he’s helped change the game,” Bickerstaff said. “He’s part of the reason American big guys, in particular, started to step away from the basket and shoot more threes.”