David Fizdale Rumors

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“The first call I get was Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Chris Bosh, and Adrienne Bosh, all on vacation together. They were almost in tears for me on the phone. So when you get that kind of love from guys you spent so much time with, it gets to you.” And a few minutes after a playoff win over the Raptors, Cavaliers star LeBron James and coach Tyronn Lue texted Fizdale to congratulate him on joining the head coaching fraternity. “I know a lot of people were rooting for me to get this job,” Fizdale said. “I think the timing was right. The people were right. My mentors just told me to do my job that I have and don’t worry about what’s next and people will notice. And I really tried to pride myself on keeping my head down and grinding my way through this thing.
Most new NBA coaches take over reclamation projects, but that is not the case with Fizdale. The Grizzlies return Mike Conley — the highest-paid player in league history — along with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and have the newly signed Chandler Parsons. The Grizzlies will be expected to make a deep playoff run. “That was the only way I wanted it, to be honest with you,” Fizdale said. “I didn’t want to take over a restart. I’m not afraid to coach guys. But I am going to coach them to win and I am going to hold them to a high standard. I was OK with that. If I don’t have any other strength, I’m pretty good at building relationships. I don’t know if people were looking at that Memphis job the way it should have been looked at. A lot of guys in my situation very rarely get a situation with this many proven players.
“It came towards the end of my career when I joined the Heat. David Fitzdale is one of the guys who inspired and talked me into coaching,” Howard said. “I’m always going to point the finger at him. At first my mind-set was built on working in the front office, being a scout, and building my way up. “I had a great conversation one time. Coach Fitzdale came to my house and we had a drink of wine and we were talking and he felt like this team needed me. He felt also the way I grabbed the respect from the guys in the locker room and the leadership qualities and also my knowledge and experience from the game of basketball, that it would be needed on his staff.”