When Ed Pinckney left his job as an assistant coach at his alma mater to head to the NBA assistant ranks, he was doing so to pursue a dream of coaching in the professional circuit. Now, he's on the list of candidates to take on a head coaching job. According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, the Chicago Bulls have granted the Memphis Grizzlies permission to interview Pinckney.
According to Berger, he has impressed the Memphis front office with the work he has done in Chicago, after his two-year stint as a Timberwolves assistant. Pinkney joins a list of candidates expected to interview with Memphis that includes former Nuggets coach George Karl and former Suns coach Alvin Gentry, along with current Memphis assistant Dave Joerger.
Memphis created the opening when they opted not to offer Lionel Hollins a new contract at the end of the regular season. The Grizzlies won 56 games and lost in the Western Conference finals this season.
Updated 6/19: It looks like Memphis was impressed with Pinckney, and have scheduled another interview with the Villanova product.
Grizzlies interviewing Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney for a 2nd time today in Memphis.— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) June 19, 2013