Former Minnesota basketball player J.B. Bickerstaff now has a full-time NBA coaching gig.
Bickerstaff, who played with the Golden Gophers from 1999-2001, was named coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA on Tuesday.
#HatsOff to #Gophers alum J.B. Bickerstaff ('01) who was named the @memgrizz head coach today! He is the fourth Gopher to be an NBA head coach, joining John Kundla, Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders. pic.twitter.com/GT6qKgpr3y
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) May 2, 2018
Bickerstaff averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.1 boards per game as a senior for the Gophers.
Sometime after graduating, Bickerstaff served as the director of basketball operations for the Gophers before starting in the NBA as an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004.
He then moved on to assistant jobs with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets, where he served as the interim head coach in 2015-16.
In 2016, he then became the associate head coach of the Grizzlies and eventually earned the head coaching job.
His father, Bernie Bickerstaff, spent more than 40 years as a basketball coach in the NBA, most recently serving with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013-14.