HoopsHype David Fizdale rumors

September 2, 2014 Updates

Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat's revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra's bench, sources said. David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra's top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

September 1, 2014 Updates

With the moves, David Fizdale emerges as the clear lead assistant of Spoelstra's staff. Fizdale, who formerly had worked in the Heat's video department, was hired by Spoelstra when he was named coach in 2008. He has turned down outside overtures in recent years to interview to become a head coach elsewhere, citing loyalty to Spoelstra. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 24, 2014 Updates

And yet amid such speculation about outside interest, including the most recent whispers that have him linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers' vacancy, David Fizdale has dug in and insists he isn't looking to go anywhere. So once again amid a deep Miami Heat playoff run, Fizdale has found himself trying to quell an opponent and quiet rumors. "There have been no contact, no conversations, nothing like that," Fizdale said of the coaching swirl that again has him in the vortex. "Quite honestly, Spo gets very annoyed with me, because he's like, 'Why don't you care about being a head coach?' And I'm like, 'Cause we're in the playoffs.' "And I just don't think about it. I don't even know what jobs are open." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Chris Broussard: Hearing Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale is on Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching radar. Makes all the sense in the world. Twitter @Chris_Broussard

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Although names of up-and-coming assistants, like Miami’s David Fizdale and Denver's Melvin Hunt are continuously popping up as top targets, the casual demeanor with which the Sixers have approached the search leads me to believe that they may already have their man, and he may already be in the organization. Several of the organization's key players, including their lone all-star Jrue Holiday, have already voiced their support for current assistant coach Michael Curry. As qualified coaching candidates continue to be snatched up by other teams, it is becoming increasingly clear that Curry may be the man. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 9, 2013 Updates

Now, with the league in the midst of a dramatic coaching overhaul, Fizdale, 38, said he would consider the right job at the right time, even with a year left on his Heat contract. "Last year, I just didn't feel like the timing was right, from the standpoint of we just won our first title together, the connection that we have as bothers and friends," he said following Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, where Game 2 of this best-of-seven series against the Spurs will be played at 8 p.m. Sunday. "I signed on to really try to build something, a dynasty, a legacy out of this. And I didn't want to back out on that commitment. Before Portland had called me, I had just a new two-year deal with the Heat. To me, it was like I signed on with that deal, no matter what happened." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 8, 2013 Updates

Now, with the league in the midst of a dramatic coaching overhaul, David Fizdale said he would consider the right job at the right time, even with a year left on his Heat contract. "Last year, I just didn't feel like the timing was right, from the standpoint of we just won our first title together, the connection that we have as bothers and friends," he said following Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, where Game 2 of this best-of-seven series against the Spurs will be played at 8 p.m. Sunday. "I signed on to really try to build something, a dynasty, a legacy out of this. And I didn't want to back out on that commitment. Before Portland had called me, I had just a new two-year deal with the Heat. To me, it was like I signed on with that deal, no matter what happened." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Meanwhile, another source with knowledge of the situation confirmed a report earlier Friday that Hinkie might consider Miami assistant coach David Fizdale for the vacancy. "I can only say that he seems like the type of guy that Sam would be interested in," a source said. Fizdale also serves as the Heat's director of player development. Philadelphia Inquirer

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“I try to make sure that if there’s anything smoking, that I can put that out before it ever gets to Spo,” Fizdale said. “And if there’s anything smoking that Spo needs to know, I try to make sure that it’s communicated from them to him, from him to them, without fire.” That means providing context and clarity. “This is where LeBron’s coming from, Spo,” Fizdale said. “LeBron, this is where Spo was coming from. I translate for them and we keep everybody moving in the same direction. I try to be the glue as much as I can.” The Palm Beach Post

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