Marred in the middle of an eight-game losing streak the Memphis Grizzlies have decided to move on from head coach David Fizdale, who was just in his second season as the teams head coach. Not only was an eight-game losing streak a big part of what caused Fizdale to lose his job, but in the teams most recent loss on Sunday to the Nets Fizdale sat All-NBA big man Marc Gasol for the whole fourth quarter, which Gasol was unhappy publicly about. Fizdale had done a decent job in his one full season and the first 19 games of this season, compiling a 50-51 record, which included them being able to take the Spurs to six games in the first round of last years playoffs where he had his famous “Take that for data!” rant.
With the firing of David Fizdale the Grizzlies have promoted assistant J.B. Bickerstaff to the interim coach, a role that he served in for the Rockets in the 2015-16 season after Kevin McHale was fired. Bickerstaff is likely not going to be the long-term answer in Memphis but he is not a terrible option to coach the team for the rest of the season because he has been around the league.