The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday in a surprise move after the team started the season with a record of 5-1. The Grizzlies have lost eight straight games since, and 11 of their last 13.
GM Chris Wallace said he "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."
However, NBA players from LeBron James to Dwyane Wade to Vince Carter questioned the dismissal of the well-regarded head coach, who won multiple championships as the lead assistant coach for the Miami Heat.
I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 27, 2017
I need answers!!! WTF https://t.co/z39oNRQok0— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2017
Wow smh🤦🏽♂️ just wow!!!— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) November 27, 2017
This league Boi!!!! https://t.co/vueMV0diZe— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) November 27, 2017
💯💯💯— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) November 27, 2017
The firing of Fizdale comes one day after he decided to bench All-Star Marc Gasol during for the entire fourth quarter of their loss to Brooklyn.
The Grizzlies return to the floor on Wednesday in San Antonio .