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National Basketball Association stars up in arms over coach's stunning firing

29 November 2017, 12:56 | Ken Black

BREAKING: Fizdale fired as Grizzlies head coach

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade not happy about David Fizdale firing

The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday and named J.B. Bickerstaff as the interim head coach.

Last night's loss was the Grizzlies' eighth straight, putting them at 7-12 on the season. Bickerstaff will take over the role of Interim Head Coach of the Grizzlies, with the team now at 7-12 after their loss in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Fizdale has been described as a "ride or die" type of coach and one that would go to bat for any of his players, but it seems like the same holds true for two of his former players, who have his back regardless of the situation.

"Obviously, you get frustrated, and I did, and mad and start wondering", said Gasol, who even while sitting out the fourth quarter tied Tyreke Evans for the team lead with 18 points.

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].

"I don't know if there's anything to be said", is how Gasol phrased it, after the game.

The Grizzlies are the second National Basketball Association team to make an in-season coaching change. And for much of that stretch, they've been without star point guard Mike Conley. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rival Houston.

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



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