VOL. 131 | NO. 105 | Thursday, May 26, 2016
Media Reports: Grizzlies Offer Head Coaching Job to Heat Assistant, David Fizdale
By Don Wade
The Memphis Grizzlies have offered their head coaching job to Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, according to reports from The Vertical and ESPN.
The Grizzlies have been searching for a coach since firing Dave Joerger earlier in this month. Joerger was head coach for the three seasons. He now coaches the Sacramento Kings.
Reports from ESPN indicated that Fizdale followed up a good interview with Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace by having a strong interview with controlling owner Robert Pera.
The Grizzlies and Houston Rockets have the only current NBA head coaching vacancies and each team has spent weeks interviewing multiple candidates.
Fizdale has never been an NBA head coach. He has 13 years of experience as an assistant working for the Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. In 2010 and 2012, he served as head coach of the Heat’s summer league teams.
He began his coaching career with four years as an assistant (1998-2002) for his alma mater, the University of San Diego. Fizdale was a three-year starter at point guard. Prior to the college coaching stint, he worked in the Heat’s video room during the 1997-98 season.