Grizzlies fire David Fizdale

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Grizzlies fire David Fizdale

JB Bickerstaff will be the interim head coach for the Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale.

After the Grizzlies' eighth loss in a row, David Fizdale is out as the Grizzlies head coach, and social media users are sounding off - including some of the world's top athletes.

Fizdale made quite a controversy in that game for refusing to play Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter, a decision that looked like a death wish in retrospect as it probably played a part in the Grizzlies front office opting to sack the 43-year-old mentor.

General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday.

The Grizzlies started off the season with a string of wins but have slumped to a 7-12 record this season, putting them at 12th in the West.

Conley has been hampered all season by a sore left heel and Achilles tendon. Although he's due to be evaluated again this week, the fear is he'll be sidelined even longer.

As it stands today, the Grizzlies are sporting a disappointing 7-12 record, which is good for 12th place in the Western Conference.

The result: The Nets built a 19-point lead in the third quarter.

Fizdale, in his postgame comments, downplayed keeping Gasol on the bench in the fourth, saying the reserves had cut into the Brooklyn lead.

Last season, in what would become Fizdale's only full season at the helm in Memphis, the Grizzlies finished the year with a 43-39 regular-season record before ultimately being ousted from the playoffs at the hands of the always risky San Antonio Spurs.

James and Fizdale worked together during James' time with the Miami Heat where Fizdale was an assistant under Erik Spoelstra.

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