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Betsy Taylor | 28 November, 2017, 01:55

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fired, just one day after he chose to bench the team's All-Star center Marc Gasol during the fourth quarter of the their loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Memphis has lost 11 out of their 13 past games.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has announced that associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been promoted to interim head coach moving forward.

The 43-year-old Fizdale was in the midst of his second season as the Grizzlies head coach while previously serving as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. On Sunday, Marc Gasol expressed frustration after being benched in the fourth quarter in the team's loss to the Nets.

"You take it personally".

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said. "I'm sure they knew that would hurt me the most".


"Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody", Stotts said before a game in NY.

"Obviously you get frustrated".

Fizdale defended the decision at the time stating that the Grizzlies' reserves were cutting into Brooklyn's lead. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.

Fizdale is perhaps most famous for his postgame press conference during the 2016-17 playoffs when he questioned the free throw count in Game 2 against the Spurs. And for much of that stretch, they've been without star point guard Mike Conley.

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