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Published June 27, 2013, 01:43 PM

New Memphis Grizzlies coach has Dakotas ties

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new head coach of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies has ties to the Dakotas.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new head coach of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies has ties to the Dakotas.

Dave Joerger (YAY-gehr) won an International Basketball Association title and two Continental Basketball Association crowns with the Bismarck, N.D.-based Dakota Wizards. A third CBA championship came as coach of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Skyforce in 2005.

He won a fifth minor league championship in 2007 with the Dakota Wizards after they had moved to the NBA Development League. The team has since moved to Santa Cruz, Calif.

The 39-year-old Joerger was introduced as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. He had been the team's lead assistant coach.

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