It is 2014, and up until Monday Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was still using a flip phone.
According to John Martin of ESPN 92.9 FM in Memphis, Pastner has finally upgraded to an iPhone 5s because his Samsung flip phone could not add any more contacts. The backstory of Pastner’s use of flip phone dates back to May 2013 when USA Today ran a story about several coaches still with the prehistoric phones.
“This is a dinosaur phone, there’s no doubt,” Pastner told Nicole Auerbach of USA Today. “Everyone’s surprised when they see it. They can’t believe it. I tell them, ‘Hey, we’ve signed a lot of good players with this phone.’ It’s dependable and reliable. It can fall on the floor, break apart and you can put it right back together.”
While he may have the assistance of Siri and all the other features the iPhone 5s has to offer, Pastner hasn’t ruled out a return of the flip phone.