LeBron James on David Fizdale firing: 'I need some answers'

by Olga Hunt November 29, 2017, 0:58
LeBron James on David Fizdale firing: 'I need some answers'

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.

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

Sunday's benching did not sit well with the younger Gasol, who told reporters afterward he was "more angry that I can show".

Fizdale benched Marc Gasol for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Nets. "It's probably the most hard part of being in the National Basketball Association, is managing that part of the season".

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.

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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.

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

The Grizzlies are the second National Basketball Association team to make an in-season coaching change. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth.

He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff.


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