Dave Joerger turned toward the scorer’s table and asked nicely for the music to be turned down.
The next time he asked wasn’t so nice.
The first time Memphis came to town to play the Thunder this season, the first-year head coach thought the in-arena music was too loud and he let game operations staffers know it. There was a bit of begging. There was a smidgen of colorful verbiage.
The man from the House of Blues thinks the music in Loud City is too loud.
Oh, the irony.
But when the Grizzlies returned to town for another regular season game, Joerger didn’t backtrack on his belief that they need to take it down a notch or six.
“We got on the plane last time and every one of our people were just like, their ears were ringing,” Joerger said before that second Thunder-Grizzlies game in Oklahoma City. “You don’t get that in other places.”
Besmirch the environment at The Peake?
That doesn’t play well in OKC.
“We’re all people,” Joerger said. “We all have a work environment. If I cannot communicate yelling at the top of my lungs from you to me ... it’s too loud, in my opinion.
“If the crowd is loud, that’s what you love, no matter if it’s home or away. If the crowd is into it, that’s something different. Completely different.”
Joerger, though, seems resigned to his ears ringing and his voice straining.
“It just is what it is,” he said.