Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale

Nov 24 2017 Denver CO USA Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol reacts in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

A bad start to the season has cost David Fizdale his head coaching job, as the Memphis Grizzlies chose to fire him after the team went 7-12 in its first 19 games.

With the Grizzlies on an eight-game losing streak and concerns over the coach's relationship with All-Star centre Marc Gasol, the team made the move on Monday afternoon U.S. time.

Bickerstaff, who served as Memphis' associate head coach, posted a 37-34 mark as an interim coach with the Houston Rockets in 2015-16.

But the Grizzlies - who had suffered 8-straight losses - were also dealing with reports of unrest in the locker room as star center Marc Gasol openly complained to the media about a lack of playing time in the fourth quarter of his team's loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

"I don't like it one bit", Gasol told reporters afterward. Apparently the Grizzlies wanted to ensure their coach wasn't adding fuel to that fire by adding to the frustration along the way. "I'm sure they knew that would hurt me the most".

"Obviously you get frustrated".

"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.

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said.

Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale's firing very disappointing.

Fizdale ends his Memphis career with a 50-51 overall record. "Explain it to me", Fizdale ranted. Memphis was promptly defeated by San Antonio in six games.

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