Fizdale fired as Grizzlies head coach

Arnold Nichols
November 29, 2017

The news of the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach, David Fizdale being fired shocked the masses - though it comes only a day after Fizdale's already subdued relationship with all-star center Marc Gasol took a turn for the worst after he benched him during the fourth-quarter, which many argue ultimately resulted in the team's loss. Even in retirement Jackson finds confrontation like a heat-seeking missile.

The move caught the National Basketball Association by surprise. Inexplicably, Jackson made a decision to laser in on forward Chandler Parsons to prove his point. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out.

Unfortunately, empathy is not Jackson's strong suit and he wasn't hearing any of it. Jackson slapped away Parsons' olive branch and dove deeper into his criticism of the Grizzlies forward. After that night, after the loss and the way it happened, you can understand there is frustration after losing eight straight and the way they were playing. "It caught me off guard".

"Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody", Stotts said before a game in NY. "It's probably the most hard part of being in the National Basketball Association, is managing that part of the season".

The Grizzlies started off the season with a string of wins but have slumped to a 7-12 record this season, putting them at 12th in the West. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.

The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1.

But Conley has been out since November 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon. 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.

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

Bickerstaff, who spent five seasons with the Rockets (2011-16), also served as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11).

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