Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he brought center Marc Gasol to the fourth quarter of an eighth consecutive loss.
General Manager Chris Wallace announced the change. Associate head coach JB Bickerstaff has been named interim coach.
"After a thorough evaluation, I decided that a change in direction was necessary to move forward and provide the team and the organization with the best chances of success this season and beyond," Wallace said in a statement.
* NBA players react to Fizdale's dismissal
Gasol, with a Grizzlies deal in July 2015, sat in the final quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and badists, and was an All-Star in the inaugural Fizdale season. But the center spent a lot of time after the game to make it clear to journalists how upset I was that I could not play a full quarter.
"It's the first time for me, believe me, and I do not like it a bit." Gasol said. "I'm more (marked) than I can show and I'm frustrated."
Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he was simply trying to win a game without losing his reserves. Fizdale said that taking a risk as a head coach sometimes means upsetting a player or two.
"If I" I'm not on the floor, they do not value me, "Gasol said." I'm sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me more. "
The move caught the NBA by surprise. Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an badistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers, and LeBron James retweeted a comment on Twitter that rated the shots so impressive that the writer checked the original ESPN report for the third time to make sure that Do not cheat with a false account.
"I need some answers. It feels like my man is a type of fall, "James wrote.
I need some answers, he feels that my man was a fallen
– LeBron James (@KingJames) November 27, 2017
] Portland coach Terry Stotts said Fizdale's dismissal was very disappointing.
"Losing in this league and not meeting the expectations in this league takes its toll on everyone," Stotts said before a game in New York. York. "Owners, general managers, coaches, players and management is a tension in relationships, and it's disappointing. It's probably the hardest part of being in the NBA, it's managing that part of the season. "
Fizdale became the No. 13 coach of the franchise on May 29, 2016, and went 50-51.
The Grizzlies made it to the postseason for the seventh consecutive time in Fizdale's first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, Fizdale was fined $ 30,000 for the NBA for an offense for officiating after a loss in Game 2
Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen go free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to list around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and give Fizdale a quicker lineup.
The moves seemed to be working when Memphis started this season with a better 5-1 NBA, the Grizzlies held on top of the Western Conference with a victory over the Golden State Warriors and two over the rival of Southwest Division Houston.
But Conley has been out since November 17, resting a sore left Achilles tendon. Then, the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest streak for this franchise from February 11 to March 3, 2009.
This will be the second time as interim coach of Bickerstaff, who will begin the evening of Wednesday in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coaching period that lasted most of 2015-16. Bickerstaff was 37-34 in that position, which included a playoff spot.
He was also badistant coach of Minnesota and in Charlotte with his father, Bernie Bickerstaff.