As a result, the Grizzlies will now be turning to assistant coach J.B.
After the game, Gasol vented to reporters.
"You take it personally", Gasol said, adding that he felt it was his duty to stay positive and support those on the floor. I don't know if it's fair or not, but in talking to other people in the National Basketball Association, talking to retired players, one thing I've heard them say is that what's going on with me isn't right and they've never seen anything like this before. "But for the benefit of the team, I've got to show good leadership and continue to do my job". Bickerstaff was most recently the interim head coach for the Houston Rockets, and is a highly-regarded coaching prospect himself.
Fizdale was in his second season with Memphis after spending 13 seasons as both an assistant coach and an associate head coach with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. Despite being benched in the fourth quarter of last night's game, he still finished with a team-high 18 points.
"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", Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. The Grizzlies went 43-39 a year ago before the San Antonio Spurs dispatched them in the first round after six games.