MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — David Fizdale left no doubt about his intentions in the longtime assistant’s new job as the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach.
Fizdale said Tuesday at his introductory news conference that “the goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.” Fizdale, 41, has spent the past eight years with the Miami Heat, the past two as assistant head coach.
He replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired May 7 after three seasons and three playoff appearances. Joerger has since been hired as the Sacramento Kings’ coach.
In Memphis, Fizdale takes over a team with the NBA’s third-longest postseason streak at six straight seasons, behind only San Antonio (19) and Atlanta (nine). But center Marc Gasol is recovering from a broken foot(backslash), while guard Mike Conley hits free agency in July.
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