If the eight game skid wasn't enough for the second-year coach, he sealed his fate when he benched his star center Marc Gasol for the entire fourth quarter in the team's 10-point loss at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets Sunday. Things had to have deteriorated quickly for this to be the move the Grizzlies made, and I can not yet say that I understand why it was necessary.
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.
"Obviously you get frustrated". That's what I value most.
The Grizzlies were also playing without point guard Mike Conley (out with Achilles soreness) and forward Chandler Parsons (left the game with right knee tightness). "You take it personal", Gasol told reporters following the loss. Bickerstaff was most recently the interim head coach for the Houston Rockets, and is a highly-regarded coaching prospect himself. There are great players on these other teams that are determined not to let you win, and I think that was a little bit the case (against Portland). The Grizzlies trailed by 17 at that point, and never got closer than five the rest of the way.
"Sometimes when you take a risk, you may (upset) a player or two", Fizdale said. I can own the decision and I have my reasons why.
Fizdale has recorded a 50-51 mark since being named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. "Explain it to me", Fizdale ranted. That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional.