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Head coach Taylor Jenkins credited his players & staff for an amazing season after the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

(Via NBA Interviews):

“I just told our group how proud I am of them, I’ve never been a part of a group like this, how special they are. That’s the players, that’s the coaches, that’s staff. This obviously stings, such a special season with a special group and I want them to cherish that and remember that despite this loss and the end of our season right now how this is going to motivate us moving forward. The growth individually, the growth collectively from this season, it’s only going to make us better. This is a step in the direction of this bright future that we talk about all the time. As disappointing as it is, I had to remind them of everyone’s commitment every single day, not the work just in the games but the work in the offseason, the work in the preseason, non-game days, and at the end of the day what it comes down to is the care factor. 

“I’ve never been a part of a group, collection of players, and staff that have had this level of care, for many years now, but this is a third season here and this group earned everything they got, just wasn’t good enough in the end, that’s basketball. But, I’m just beyond proud of everyone’s commitment and care to making this such a special season and that I also know that this is going to motivate them to continue to have that care factor moving forward to continue to build one year at a time to hopefully bring a championship to Memphis.”