Fizdale fired as Grizzlies head coach

Grizzlies Fire David Fizdale

Coach David Fizdale benched All-Star center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies' loss to Brooklyn, their eighth-straight defeat.

Pau Gasol, who spent his first 6 1/2 National Basketball Association seasons in Memphis, said he empathized with his younger brother.

While the Grizzlies plan to introduce interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the media Tuesday morning, more National Basketball Association stars who have played under Fizdale publicly scoffed at the news.

Fizdale was announced as the Grizzlies coach in 2016 and had a 50-51 record in his two seasons at Memphis.

"Obviously, you get frustrated, and I did, and mad and start wondering", said Gasol, who even while sitting out the fourth quarter tied Tyreke Evans for the team lead with 18 points.

The Grizzlies have lost 11 of their last 13, including the last seven without point guard Mike Conley who has been sidelined with an injury.

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"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 in a statement.

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said.

"Ahhhhh, do I have faith in the coaching staff?", he asked rhetorically, according to Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rival Houston.

A day later, Grizzlies brass fired Fizdale.

Before Monday's game in San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle gave Fizdale a vote of confidence.

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