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Suns assistant Iavaroni has casual meeting with Memphis owner

5/19/2007

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni said
Saturday that he has had an informal meeting with Memphis owner
Michael Heisley about the Grizzlies' vacant head coaching position.

"I had a nice dinner conversation with Michael Heisley and got
to know him better and really liked what I heard," Iavaroni said.
"We struck a very good chord."

Iavaroni, mentioned for head coaching jobs the last few seasons,
said he hasn't had contact with any other teams and has no formal
interview scheduled with the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies also have asked for and received permission to
speak with the Suns vice president of basketball operations David
Griffin about a front-office job. Memphis president and general
manager Jerry West has announced he is leaving once his contract
ends on June 30.

Former New York Knicks coach Larry Brown and the University of
Florida's Billy Donovan also met with Heisley about the vacancy,
according to a report by The Commercial Appeal newspaper in
Memphis.

Iavaroni said he believes he is better prepared than ever to
become a head coach.

"I think I'm very, very capable," he said. "I've had great
experience and great teachers and great comrades throughout all our
battles here and other places, and I think I'm over-ready."

Iavaroni said he plans to see if there is interest in him from
any other NBA teams seeking a new coach.