NBA 2KMT Coins— David Fizdale left no doubt about his intentions in the longtime assistant’s new job as the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach.”I’m here to win,” Fizdale said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “That’s the best way to put it. I didn’t leave Miami and that beautiful beach and all that water and good stuff to come here to lose. I came here to win.”During the 30-minute session, Fizdale discussed his style of coaching, offered good- natured banter about some of the city’s and team’s characteristics and noted how the team’s veteran core fits into his plans.
“It doesn’t hurt that they have Mike Conley and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and Tony
Allen,” Fizdale said of the draw to Memphis. “You have winning ingredients already in
place. The thing I was most trying to avoid was a total rebuild. I want to win, and I
want to win now.”
Fizdale, officially named the team’s coach Sunday, assumes his first head coaching job
after eight seasons with the Miami Heat in which the team won a pair of NBA titles and
reached the finals two other years. He replaces Dave Joerger, fired May 7 after three
seasons and three playoff appearances with the Grizzlies.