After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide the team and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond, Memphis Grizzlies' general manager, Chris Wallace said in a statement today [Monday, November 27th].
LeBron James, like most of the National Basketball Association world, was stunned upon hearing the news that the Memphis Grizzlies had fired head coach Dave Fizdale on Monday.
According to ESPN, Fizdale is owed $3 million for the 2018-19 season on his contract, per league sources. Fizdale was sacked on Monday following a run of eight straight losses.
The Cavaliers teammates, who reunited this season after playing four seasons together in Miami, seem to believe Memphis treated Fizdale unfairly, dropping him fewer than 20 games into this season after he led the Grizzlies to the first round of the playoffs in the last.More news: Why there could be a Christmas tree shortage until 2025
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Fizdale benched Grizzlies center Marc Gasol on Sunday, and apparently, they didn't have the best relationship.
Fizdale has recorded a 50-51 mark since being named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016.
A day later, Grizzlies brass fired Fizdale.
Marc Gasol is Memphis' lone upright star, with point guard Mike Conley injured and longtime forward Zach Randolph and shooting guard Tony Allen having been shipped to other destinations during the offseason.
This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs.