Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale is gaining momentum for the coaching job vacancy over at the Memphis Grizzlies side and rumors are swirling that the Grizzlies front office wants a second meeting with him.
The Grizzlies interest on Fizdale got some steam after Frank Vogel chose to take the coaching job with the Orlando Magic. ESPN reported that sources close to the Grizzlies stated that Fizdale impressed the team’s top honchos during the first interview that they asked for another meeting hoping to finalize a deal with the 41-year old, who also served as the Heat’s director of player development.
Fizdale started his coaching career as an assistant in San Diego from 1998 to 2002, then he would take in the role of assistant coach with the Fresno State from 2002 to 2004 before being signed in as assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors (2003); Atlanta Hawks (2004) and Miami Heat (2008 until present). Aside from Fizdale, the Grizzlies are also looking at San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, who is also a candidate for the Houston Rockets’ coaching vacancy.
If hired, this will be the first head coaching job for Fizdale, who also spent a night with Erik Spoelstra in his preparations for the Grizzlies coaching interview as the Grizzlies are conducting a wide-ranging search that includes interviews with several assistant coaches from playoff teams and experienced head coaches.
On June 27, 2013, Dave Joerger was hired as the Grizzlies head coach for the 2013–14 season. In his first year, Joerger was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for January and April. On May 28, 2014, it was announced that Joerger was signed to a 3-year contract extension. On May 7, 2016, Joerger was fired by the Grizzlies and two days after Joerger signed with the Sacramento Kings to become their head coach.
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