LeBron James Calls David Fizdale 'Fall Guy' After Firing; Dwyane Wade: 'WTF'

Nov 29, 2017, 00:55
LeBron James Calls David Fizdale 'Fall Guy' After Firing; Dwyane Wade: 'WTF'

He went 43-39 in his first season, taking the team to the playoffs.

James and Dwyane Wade led the charge Monday on questioning the Grizzlies' firing of head coach David Fizdale, a popular assistant coach who won two National Basketball Association championships with James, Wade and the Heat in 2012 and 2013. Bickerstaff will take over the role of Interim Head Coach of the Grizzlies, with the team now at 7-12 after their loss in Brooklyn on Sunday.

"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", Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said. Despite being benched in the fourth quarter of last night's game, he still finished with a team-high 18 points. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.

"At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to make decisions not just for the present but also going forward", Gasol said. "I'm more [ticked] than I can show and frustrated".

"Sometimes when you take a risk, you may [upset] a player or two", Fizdale said. I'm sure they knew that would hurt me the most.

In the aftermath of Fizdale's firing, Jackson joined the majority of National Basketball Association insiders who expressed confusion about Memphis' decision.

Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat during LeBron James' four-year tenure in South Beach, and the current Cleveland Cavaliers star seems puzzled by the firing.