Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale

Nov 29, 2017, 00:59
Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale

David Fizdale is no longer the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and, shortly after that move came to light, the focus shifted toward All-Star center Marc Gasol.

While Memphis is just 7-12 this season, the firing was a surprise considering the Grizzlies hired Fizdale to be their head coach in May 2016.

This question was answered emphatically today, as the organization relieved Fizdale of his coaching duties, promoting assistant J.B. Bickerstaff to the interim position, much like he was after Kevin McHale was sacked by the Houston Rockets.

"He was upset about the game last night", said Pau Gasol, who added he had spoken to Marc since Sunday night. "I'm sure [the coaching staff] knew that would hurt me the most".

"That's what I value the most", Gasol said.

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Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers.

A frustrated Gasol watched as Fizdale's unit rallied within four points with eight minutes to go, but ultimately wasn't able to take down the Brooklyn Nets, falling 98-88 to mark their eighth straight loss. Now Fizdale is the second National Basketball Association coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was sacked by Phoenix three games into the season.

Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and give Fizdale a faster lineup.

The Grizzlies, 7-12, will return to action on Wednesday night in San Antonio, followed by a home matchup against the Spurs on Friday.

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