Memphis Grizzlies Fire Head Coach Amid 8-Game Losing Streak

Nov 24 2017 Denver CO USA Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale motions in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After leading the team to a 7-12 record, including eight straight losses to start the 2017-18 season, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was sacked on Monday. Fizdale's relationship with Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol was strained and hit a new low when he benched the big man in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Memphis is mired in an eight-game losing streak and owns a 7-12 mark this season after advancing to the playoffs in 2016-17.

Grizzlies associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been named interim head coach.

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. "I'm more [ticked] than I can show and frustrated". "I then made sure it was a legit blue check, went over to Woj's Twitter page & scrolled down again because I didn't want to be duped by a fake account". In the offseason the team said goodbye to longtime Grizzlies Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, paving the way for Fizdale to further implement his style.

Gasol, who will be a free agent in the Summer of 2019, is now averaging 19.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his 10th National Basketball Association season. Conley has missed the last five games.

"After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide the team and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond", Wallace said. The decision had many bamboozled as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter and many others took to social media to question the Grizzlies decision to part ways with Fizdale.

The Grizzlies, 7-12, will return to action on Wednesday night in San Antonio, followed by a home matchup against the Spurs on Friday.

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