Grizzlies fire David Fizdale, name J.B. Bickerstaff interim coach


The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday afternoon, league sources told ESPN.

Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been promoted to interim head coach, league sources said.

Fizdale is owed $3 million for the 2018-19 season on his contract, league sources said. The Grizzlies possessed a team option for the 2019-20 season, the final of his original four year contract.

The Grizzlies are on an eight-game losing streak, dropping to 7-12 on the season and Fizdale’s tepid relationship with All-Star center Marc Gasol reached a low point with Gasol’s fourth-quarter benching in a loss to Brooklyn on Sunday night.

The Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference playoffs a year ago under Fizdale, going 43-39 in the regular season.

Bickerstaff was 37-34 as an interim coach with the Rockets in 2015-16.

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