Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Cavaliers’ head coaching position yesterday, according to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Griffin, a current assistant under Tom Thibodeau for the Chicago Bulls, is the first candidate to get an interview since the Cavaliers fired Mike Brown two weeks ago.
Griffin is one of the more unknown coaching candidates that the Cavaliers may look to interview. A spot-starter on the Dallas Mavericks’ 2006 NBA Finals team, Griffin had a 9-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Seattle Supersonics, After retiring, Griffin joined former Bucks coach Scott Skiles as an assistant in Milwaukee, where he stayed until 2010. Since, he has been a member of the Bulls’ staff in Chicago.
It can be assumed based on Griffin’s play style and who he has worked under that he would probably bring more of a defensive mindset to the Cavs. While there are concerns about how good of an offensive coach he can be while working with Thibs Ball, Griffin would still be a good option as a defensive coach, and it can probably be assumed that Griffin won’t be a trainwreck of an offensive coach, given that he did play portions of his career for both Jeff Van Gundy and Don Nelson. It also helps that Griffin was playing in the league as recently as six years ago. He is a former teammate of Luol Deng, which could help convince Deng to re-sign, and has had good relationships with players as a coach in Chicago.
Griffin is not the only head coaching candidate that the Cavs will be interviewing this week, according to the Plain Dealer report. Tyronn Lue will be interviewing Thursday, and Lionel Hollins also has an interview scheduled for the end of the week.