J. B. Bickerstaff
|Born||March 10, 1979|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|High school||East (Denver, Colorado)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|2004–2007||Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)|
|2007–2011||Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)|
|2011–2015||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Houston Rockets (interim)|
|2016–2017||Memphis Grizzlies (associate)|
John-Blair Bickerstaff (born March 10, 1979) is an American professional basketball coach who most recently served as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that, he was the interim head coach for the Houston Rockets and has also been an assistant coach for several NBA teams.
Bickerstaff played his first two collegiate seasons at Oregon State and finished his career at the University of Minnesota. He averaged 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior for the Golden Gophers.
He spent three seasons (2004–2007) with the Charlotte Bobcats as an assistant coach, before spending four (2007–2011) seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was hired as an assistant coach by the Rockets on July 15, 2011. He was made interim head coach of the Rockets on November 18, 2015, after Kevin McHale was fired. On that same day, he made his coaching debut against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 108–103 overtime victory.
After the season, Bickerstaff informed the Rockets that he had withdrawn his name for the head coaching search, effectively ending his tenure with the Houston Rockets.
On November 27, 2017, Bickerstaff was promoted as the Grizzlies' interim head coach after the firing of David Fizdale. On May 1, 2018, he was announced as the new permanent head coach of the Grizzlies. On April 11, 2019, the Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff after the team failed to reach the playoffs.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Houston||2015–16||71||37||34||.521||4th in Southwest||5||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round|
|Memphis||2017–18||63||15||48||.238||5th in Southwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Memphis||2018–19||82||33||49||.402||3rd in Southwest||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
- Rockets add four assistants to coaching staff Archived February 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. nba.com (July 15, 2011)
- "Rockets Relieve Kevin McHale of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- Blinebury, Fran (November 19, 2015). "ROCKETS TURN BACK PAGE FOR BICKERSTAFF". NBA.com. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- Feigen, Jonathan (May 4, 2016). "J.B. Bickerstaff pulls himself from consideration for Rockets' head coaching job". chron.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
- "Grizzlies announce additions to Coaching Staff". NBA.com. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- "Grizzlies relieve David Fizdale of head coaching duties". NBA.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- "Memphis Grizzlies introduce J.B. Bickerstaff Head Coach". NBA.com. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
- "Memphis Grizzlies announce restructuring of basketball operations department". NBA.com. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- J.B. Bickerstaff. nba.com