LeBron James shades Grizzlies for firing David Fizdale

Brooklyn hands Grizzlies an 8th straight loss

David Fizdale is out as the Memphis Grizzlies' head coach, team general manager Chris Wallace announced.

"Sometimes when you take a risk, you may [upset] a player or two", Fizdale said. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out.

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said.

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. "It's probably the most hard part of being in the National Basketball Association, is managing that part of the season".

Fizdale has recorded a 50-51 mark since being named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016.

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Fizdale was sacked after a 7-12 start to the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, but previous year he led the Grizzlies to a 43-39 record during the regular season which was good enough to get the Grizzlies into the Western Conference playoffs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2. And for much of that stretch, they've been without star point guard Mike Conley.

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

A day later, Grizzlies brass fired Fizdale.

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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