LeBron James Is Not Happy The Grizzlies Fired His Pal David Fizdale

Bryan Brandom
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LeBron James and David Fizdale developed a close bond during their time together with the Miami Heat—winning two NBA championships and going to four straight NBA Finals will do that to a player and a coach.

The Memphis Grizzlies then hired the former Heat assistant as their head coach ahead of the 2016-17 season. A trip to the playoffs and 101 regular season games later, Memphis gave Fizdale the axe on Monday.

James and fellow former and current members of the Heat weren’t happy.

Fizdale’s firing came a day after Marc Gasol, the only Grizzly who’s made an All-Star team, was benched for the fourth quarter of a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, their eighth consecutive defeat.

“At the end of the day, I’m as competitive as anybody,” Gasol said on Sunday. “I hate not playing, that’s what I value most. If I’m not on the floor, that means I’m not valued. I’m sure they knew that would hurt me the most. … I’m sure they wouldn’t do it to Mike (Conley).”

A Grizzlies source didn’t deny to the Commercial Appeal that the relationship had played a role in Fizdale’s firing.

If LeBron really wants answers, he shouldn’t have to look too far back: In 2016, a certain Cleveland Cavaliers coach also lost a power struggle with a star.

As Fiz would say: That that for data!