Grizzlies Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff

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Friday, August 10th
J.B. Bickerstaff joins Eric to discuss the Grizzlies schedule and upcoming season. 
00:09:53

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Grizzlies Jamie Baker's staff always has a good chuckle going. Especially when he sees me governor's office is the highlight of his day. He has to join a radio show announced let's make of today's Q&A today the best in sports. 09 season. ES. Okay. I am here vacancies and hang up on me after that comment to be honest with you. Yeah what I started to activate it you weren't too bad they did you are a bad job the com site now get back the next time school. CN solar at a at a tie he's seen the schedule. Obviously. Like any of the got to play 41 homes 41 road. But the back to backs have been drop down. The travel miles for the team overall I mean I know you don't get an all these the good the logistics at all. But it looking at it it's not bad you do open on the road through the first four on the road but there's some nice home stands and the league seemingly is taking into account. Opportunities for teams to stay as fresh as possible give me your thoughts on what you've seen so far the of the the layout. Staggering I think it's important you know when your got guys who herb page to perform at the level that our guys they're trying to perform. For the fans' standpoint you want guys be as aggressive as they possibly can so that they can perform. At the highest level that they possibly can choose you know compete. But there and compete for the road fans or whatever may be but. They you know the league has done a really good job have taken steps in that direction. You know spread new games out a little bit more taken out you know the four's insides and you know it made back to backs as they possibly could so. And I'm excited about it you know you look at the schedule like you said. You know there are many. But it our longest road trip to the four game trip. In about I believe something like that and so I think you know means of those those types of things I bet you don't play in your favor in the long run. You know the more rest we get the style that we're gonna played a better for us and more pressure we can put on people. Well I'd better stay out you saw early because you plan three times in the first twelve twice in Utah. They're pretty good there there are some tough match just. I think any time you look at the last and and what's happened over the offseason. You just heard just gonna be saying the same thing pretty much every time. Damn that's a tough game damn that's a tough game damn they're good in the west is just absurd it's not like the east is terrible but. The balance of power continues to stage more focused on the western side of the league right now Alec LeBron joining the lakers and although quiet leaves the spurs. Mean Western Conference teams seemingly just about every one of them got stronger. Yeah there's no doubt about it it's an arms are operated out west and that the way. You know people have to approach it is you know whatever you can do to find an edge you gotta be willing to do it happened. You know you see organizations here I in the Western Conference that especially. Other trying to figure out a way to get past the Golden State Warriors and as long as the warriors are. You know the reigning champs don't Western Conference teams. Our price fall they're gonna try to find ways to beat the Golden State Warriors so everybody don't mission every single summer. It kind of put unit together on the floor. That he you don't disarmed a chance so whatever you gotta do. Teams are doing that in in a lot of it. Lot of time in immediate they're taken pieces from the Eastern Conference and taken pieces. You know from other teams and things like that and stacking them in one area. You don't trying to dethrone the champs. Jamie Baker's staff joining us here on the program. Let's step away from the scheduled for just a sack tough news yesterday for Javon Carter. I know there's still like it valuations to be done but how how troubling was that beauty here knowing how hard. The young man has work to try to get himself ready for training camp. How is not typical you feel pretty kid. You know look at the kid that he is the type of effort that he puts an end. To regain into competing. You know it it it's such we quite honestly do you. For him but you know the good thing for him in. He's got a good supporting can't have people around them as family there within. The coaching staff and his teammates. Our in our training staff and you know the doctors use and they'll put him in. So we'll make sure that he's right in the pen. The knowledge understanding that we're gonna do what's best for his future and not something that you know. Our quick takes. And try to get him back here you know what if any on me sort of him. The most important thing for him as you know we're trying to prolong his career you have an opportunity he'd be the player that we expect him to be. You know so we'll do the right things by him brochure. But it is difficult you know on it is tough but you know it's a long season you know expectations are that he will be back. Obviously early in the season so. You know we expect in the work as part of his rehab that he does on the court. How much contact you have with the guys during the offseason just say individual contact with every night. I don't know what it there are rules and regulations but I know you are. A guy that is very hands on your relationships individually with the players mattered to you you we've discussed this and I know you have to let the guys do their thing but I I know you also wanna know. Them to know what is to be expected of them the day training camp opens in late September. I mean yeah we're excited to do is you know reach out to guys. And different guys obviously have different schedules. How much attention they need and the amount conversation that we need to have you know the younger guys. We've got to keep heavier at some point just to make sure that they're doing the things that we expect in the do and that the way that we can can help guide them you know. The right way through their career when they're building there has bitch in the summer and there are in experience in all seasons was so much downtime. For the first time and you know who knows how long so this those guys we key you know we keep. Closer tabs on and try to help them. The veteran guy you know. Once every two weeks once a month you know we'll reach out as a conversation. Just to check on and see how they're doing. The other families are doing you know those types of things and then. You know recently sent out you know amassed fifty text message to the guys. You know to let them know what we are expectations are for the first aid training camp where we expect in the BM. You know let them know we're here to help them get there. You know but if guys are on their own. Than we expected to be there and be prepared to go because of what the rest of the group. You know I'd say it's. Uninteresting. Scenario now because it's not liking new head coach walking in to eighteen he's unfamiliar with how much does that help you in terms of getting ready for what you wanna do. Day one last year I know was tough because. You were close friends with David says dale you are close friends of David says dale. It's never away you wanna get an opportunity but you also have a desire to be head coach in this league so now. The interim tag is lifted the good the deal is done you are now in in charge of this in charge of this ship so. It does I I I assume present a little bit of an advantage knowing. The hand you're already being dealt with some new faces in there about a lot of guys that they were brought in its seemingly fit what you wanna do and some new faces that have. Very good reputations of basketball IQ and character guys that can help raise the level of this team back to where it's expected to be. Well I think that the best part about going through last year with a guy. That will be returning as you build a trust. And people get to understand one another you know when times are tough. And you know the type of people that you wanna be around. And difficult situations. You know to their character shows and so you know what days situation we expect to have this year you know we expect to be a much better basketball team. Nine. You have to deal where if you know the injuries and things like that that we went through last year. But knowing that in tough times you can count on one another. Gives you a leg up already so. You know being able to build that trust and respect for one another last year and then having this summer to actually put things together and put a plan in place. You know has been great you know we've been extremely did via the coaching staff. You know watching a ton of film. You know communicating with one another and so that we can I get off to a fast start at the beginning of the season and not. You know still be working for questions. And you don't let your little bit early but our expectation is wanna get off to a fast start you were preparing now to be that. I can't thank you enough for the time I know your busy guy this season opens on October 17 in Indiana regular season home opener. Is October 19 pre season starts October 2. I'll be knocking on your office door before you know it and I know you seemingly cannot wait so two. Well yeah yeah you know I'm machine you know initiation yeah you know how much I know you miss me you live like a half a block away from me and I still haven't seen you all summer so that's I know you are definitely. I Jones and hang out right. Yeah I had actually seen you a couple time initiate a quick right before I was under Illini golf cart was really counts that he has. Speeding away from me that was somebody outside knows the unfreeze it now I know I'm. I appreciate all your time is always you know that denial be it some more time of the family before we. Kick off the wild roller coaster ride of the season very soon a Fran. Our appreciate you get deputy UT JB Baker's step echoes of the Memphis Grizzlies right there. I had to ask that it we have been so.
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