The Memphis Grizzles have terminated the contract of David Fizdale after overseeing an 8-game losing streak.
The move was announced by General manager, Chris Wallace on Monday, and J B Bickerstaff who has been Associate Head Coach would step up on the interim basis.
This move comes just a day after he bench Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter.
Gasol was given maximum deal by the Grizzles in 2015 and has been the stand out player for the team this season. He leads the team on rebounds, assists and points, and was an All-Star in Fizdale’s first season with the Grizzles.
Gasol was unimpressed by the decision, and spend so much time after the game telling the reporters how disappointed he was to be benched.
However, Fizdale claims he just wanted to win a game with the help of his reserves and he understood a decision like that would always upset his senior players.
Fizdale was the franchise’s 13th head coach when he was appointed in 2016. In his first season, the Grizzles reached their seven straight post-season, losing to San Antonio Spurs.