The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.
Fizdale was named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016 and compiled a 50-51 record (.495) during his two seasons in Memphis, including a 7-12 record (.368) this season.
“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,” Wallace said. “Coach Fizdale represented the Grizzlies and City of Memphis proudly, and we wish him well as he continues his career.”
“Coach Fizdale worked tirelessly to achieve on-court success, and for that, we are grateful. We wish him and his family all the best in the future,” Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert J. Pera said. “We remain focused on achieving sustainable, long-term success.”
After the announcement was made Grizzlies vet Vince Carter sent out this tweet:
Wow smh????????♂️ just wow!!!
— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) November 27, 2017
Grizzlies to hold media availability with General Manager Chris Wallace and Interim Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 28 in Don Poier Media Center at FedExForum