Anytime you see a list of NBA assistant coaches who are close to getting an NBA head coaching job, David Fizdale’s name comes up. The lead assistant to Erik Spoelstra in Miami has had the ear and respect of all the talented players that won rings in Miami, as well as those still there now on the cusp of getting back to the conference finals. As an example, he worked hard with LeBron James on developing a post game; he was the guy LeBron trusted and leaned on.
Once again Fizdale is at least getting a shot at the big chair, reports Marc Spears of The Undefeated at ESPN.
Obviously, Fizdale is a little busy the next few days, with the Heat playing in a Game 7 in Toronto Sunday. After that Fizdale either has a lot of time on his interview or there will be another round of scheduling hurdles to overcome.
The Grizzlies have reached out to Frank Vogel and have interviewed Patrick Ewing for the coaching position.
Memphis fired head coach Dave Joerger after he had gone to them asking for permission to speak to Sacramento about their open coaching position (a job he got a few days later). Joerger is a quality coach but he can rub superiors the wrong way, and there had been a management change in Memphis a couple of seasons ago where Joerger’s biggest supporters were ousted. Memphis is counting on getting a better personality fit. Whether they can get a better coach remains to be seen.