LeBron James on David Fizdale firing: 'I need some answers'

LeBron James on David Fizdale firing: 'I need some answers'

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fired, just one day after he made a decision to bench the team's All-Star center Marc Gasol during the fourth quarter of the their loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

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 benched Grizzlies center Marc Gasol on Sunday, and apparently, they didn't have the best relationship. 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.

"Sometimes when you take a risk, you may [upset] a player or two", Fizdale said.

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said. But I know the type of coach Fiz is.

The move caught the National Basketball Association by surprise.

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

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"I need answers! WTF", Wade wrote on Twitter in response to the announcement. "Feels like my man was a fall guy".

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was "shocked" by the firing. Oddly enough, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley were conspicuously missing from his Instagram polemic.

A frustrated Gasol watched as Fizdale's unit rallied within four points with eight minutes to go, but ultimately wasn't able to take down the Brooklyn Nets, falling 98-88 to mark their eighth straight loss. "It caught me off guard".

Fizdale has recorded a 50-51 mark since being named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016.

Pau Gasol, who spent his first 6 1/2 National Basketball Association seasons in Memphis, said he empathized with his younger brother. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.

Fizdale had also been fighting an uphill battle with point guard Mike Conley out since November 13 with an Achilles injury and veterans Tony Allen and Zach Randolph no longer on the team this season.

The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. They did, however, beat the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on back-to-back nights in October.