Grizzlies fire David Fizdale, name JB Bickerstaff interim coach

Grizzlies fire David Fizdale, name JB Bickerstaff interim coach

Grizzlies fire David Fizdale, name JB Bickerstaff interim coach

Stephen Jackson stood up for deposed Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale on Instagram in the most authentically Stephen Jackson way possible; by igniting an unnecessary feud. The Grizzlies are now on their third head coach since the end of the 2013 season when they didn't renew Lionel Hollins' contract.

The Memphis Grizzlies look to turn things around with interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff (who was the Associate Head Coach) as they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs (12-7) Wednesday night. He spent five seasons with the Houston Rockets (2011-16), also served as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11).

The Grizzlies have made the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons, getting as far as the Western Conference finals in 2013.

Memphis fired coach David Fizdale on Monday afternoon, a day after the Grizzlies dropped to 7-12 on the season including eight straight losses. Gasol did not take that well as he was frustrated and trying to understand why. Besides the losing streak, the Grizzlies are playing without point guard Mike Conley, who is nursing a sore left Achilles tendon.

After the game, Gasol vented to reporters.

Marc Gasol didn't take the fourth quarter benching too lightly and it may have led to Fizdale's firing. However, back to their offensive rating during Fizdale's tenure as head coach, the Grizzlies ranked 19th last season.

Grizzlies fans should hope for Bickerstaff to revamp their offense but continue to stick to their defensive schemes and identity.

Memphis is in the midst of an eight-game National Basketball Association losing streak and holds a 7-12 record this season after making the playoffs last season.

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