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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have weighed in on David Fizdale’s surprising ouster from the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coaching position. Suffice to say, they were not happy.
I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy
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Fizdale’s connection with James and Wade goes back to his years as an assistant on Eric Spoelstra’s bench. James and Wade have been effusive in their praise of Fizdale’s coaching skill and relatability with players. James’ wedding gift to Fizdale was a check for giving him a non-speaking spot in commercial.
However, James may want to be a little more self-aware and tread lightly on the topic of winning coaches getting pushed out by disgruntled star players. Two years ago, James’ camp was reportedly behind David Blatt’s firing, months after the Cleveland Cavaliers battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.