Friday, 19 October, 2018

Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale

Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale
Domingo Copeland | 28 November, 2017, 01:54

A bad start to the season has cost David Fizdale his head coaching job, as the Memphis Grizzlies made a decision to fire him after the team went 7-12 in its first 19 games.

Last season, in what would become Fizdale's only full season at the helm in Memphis, the Grizzlies finished the year with a 43-39 regular-season record before ultimately being ousted from the playoffs at the hands of the always unsafe San Antonio Spurs.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has announced that associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been promoted to interim head coach moving forward.

The 43-year-old Fizdale led the Grizzlies to the 2016-17 playoffs before jumping out to a 7-12 mark - with an injury-depleted roster notably missing star point guard Mike Conley - this season.

Fizdale benched Marc Gasol for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Nets.

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Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. "I'm sure [the coaching staff] knew that would hurt me the most".

"Obviously you get frustrated".

Despite his lack of head coaching experience, David Fizdale shouldn't be on the market for long.

"Sometimes when you take a risk, you may [upset] a player or two", Fizdale said.

The firing comes after an 8-game losing streak. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2. Memphis was promptly defeated by San Antonio in six games.

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