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West takes a chance on an old taskmaster

To Jerry West, hiring Hubie Brown was the most sensible bold reach he could make, a mere eight losses into his unenviable bid to build a franchise in Graceland.

Originally Published: November 13, 2002
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Gone are the shaggy curls and grizzly beard from those old Knicks clips. Onto the dusty resume, after all this time, go the words MEMPHIS and GRIZZLIES.

Don't worry.

No one around the league believes it, either.

"Hubie Brown?" one rival team executive exclaimed.

"That's way, way, way outside the box."

Or was it?

To Grizzlies president Jerry West, if only West, it was the most sensible bold reach he could make, a mere eight losses into his unenviable bid ...

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