Grizzlies Fire Head Coach David Fizdale After 101 Games

29 November, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Nora May
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The Memphis Grizzlies shocked the National Basketball Association world on Monday afternoon, firing head coach David Fizdale with the team in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

General manager Chris Wallace announced the move.

While the Grizzlies plan to introduce interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the media Tuesday morning, more National Basketball Association stars who have played under Fizdale publicly scoffed at the news.

The former Grizzlies coach made a huge mistake by sitting out a struggling Marc Gasol throughout the fourth quarter, opting instead to ride the hot hand of his small ball lineup, but failing to yield the right results, as his team proved unable to overcome a 14-point deficit to start the quarter, resulting in an eighth consecutive loss. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale's inaugural season.

After the game, Gasol vented to reporters.

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"It's a first for me, trust me, and I don't like it one bit", Gasol said. "I'm more of an action guy, more than words".

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.

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

"That's what I value the most", Gasol said. I'm sure they knew that would hurt me the most. The firing surely caught a lot of insiders and players by surprise.

Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat during LeBron James' four-year tenure in South Beach, and the current Cleveland Cavaliers star seems puzzled by the firing.

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