David Fizdale was named as the new head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and already Fizdale is very optimistic of their chances of being a top contender for next season. The 41-year old former Miami Heat assistant coach has stated that he is ready to take on the challenge to build their legacy as they start fresh this offseason.
Fizdale stated through the Grizzlies website that he is looking forward to coaching a talented pool of players and thank the whole Grizzlies organization for the confidence given to him to continue their history for winning games.
“I am extremely excited to be in Memphis and really looking forward to building a legacy with this talented group of players. In my career, I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest coaches and players in the NBA and am ready for this challenge. I am not only here to contribute to an organization that has built a history of winning, I am here to win it all and bring the wonderful people of Memphis their first Championship Parade down Beale Street. I am truly honored that Robert Pera, Chris Wallace, and the organization felt that I am the right man to lead us forward and I would like to thank them for their confidence and this great opportunity,” Fizdale said.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace stated that Fizdale’s formal introduction as the team’s new head coach will be on Tuesday that will be followed by a press conference. He added that Fizdale’s credentials were worth considering for his hiring, especially with his communication and relationship with players.
“We are pleased to welcome David to Memphis. After a comprehensive search process, and talking with a number of very bright basketball minds, we focused in on David and we are confident that he is the right person for the job. David’s achievements throughout his career, his reputation as a strong tactician, his leadership with player development, and his ability to communicate and build strong relationships with his players make him the clear choice to guide the Grizzlies on and off the court, as we move forward and collectively build on the consistent success we have attained over the last several years,” Wallace explained.
Fizdale will replace Dave Joerger, who was fired on May 7 after three seasons and three playoff appearances. He was quickly hired to coach the Sacramento Kings.
Aside from Fizdale also considered by the Grizzlies at the time were former Grizzlies and Nets coach Lionel Hollins, Charlotte assistant Patrick Ewing, Portland assistant Nate Tibbets, Spurs assistants James Borrego and Ettore Messina, as well as Frank Vogel.
For an exclusive first-look Q&A with the new Grizzlies Head Coach David Fizdale, fans are encouraged to tune into grizzlies.com, which will be followed by an introductory press conference at 1:00 p.m., both live-streamed on the team’s website.