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This marks the second time in recent years that Bickerstaff has served as an interim head coach, as he replaced the Houston Rockets' Kevin McHale in November of 2015.

"Obviously, you get frustrated, and I did, and mad and start wondering", said Gasol.

The 43-year-old coach was an assistant under Erik Spoelstra during the two stars' time with the Miami Heat, and each expressed their disappointment with Grizzlies management for their decision.

"I need some answers. I'm sure [the coaching staff] knew that would hurt me the most".

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are bothered by the news of David Fizdale's firing by the Memphis Grizzlies.

"If I'm not on the floor, then I'm not valued", Gasol said. Sometimes when you take a risk you may (upset) a player or two.

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"We'll address it if it needs to be addressed but it was a pretty simple decision what I did", Fizdale told reporters in explaining his decision. "Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it's disappointing".

Fizdale became the franchise's 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.

With the Grizzlies on an eight-game losing streak and concerns over the coach's relationship with All-Star centre Marc Gasol, the team made the move on Monday afternoon United States time. "Explain it to me", Fizdale ranted.

Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and give Fizdale a faster lineup.

As it stands today, the Grizzlies are sporting a disappointing 7-12 record, which is good for 12th place in the Western Conference.

But Conley has been out since November 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon. The Grizzlies will play their first game without Fizdale this Wednesday on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.


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