The Memphis Grizzlies appoint David Fizdale as new head coach

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The Memphis Grizzlies have officially appointed Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale as the team's new head coach. 

The 41-year-old replaces Dave Joerger at the helm after he was fired earlier this month despite guiding the team to the playoffs in each of his three seasons in charge. 

This will be Fizdale's first head coaching role in the league and joins the Grizzlies after spending eight seasons (2008-16) with the Miami Heat, including the last two as the assistant head coach and the previous six as an assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra. 

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The Los Angeles native was part of two championship-winning teams during his time in South Beach and is considered one of most promising young coaches in the NBA. 

Fizdale beat off strong competition for the position with the Grizzlies holding interviews with multiple candidates. 

He impressed general manager Chris Wallace in his first interview and was given a follow-up meeting with owner Robert Pera where he was offered the job. 

“After a comprehensive search process, and talking with a number of very bright basketball minds, we focused in on David and we are confident that he is the right person for the job,” Wallace said. 

Prior to joining Miami, Fiz also had assistant coaching roles with the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors.

“I am extremely excited to be in Memphis and really looking forward to building a legacy with this talented group of players. In my career, I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest coaches and players in the NBA and am ready for this challenge,” Fizdale said.

Memphis are coming off the back of a season riddled with injury as they were forced to use an NBA-record 28 players throughout the campaign. 

Star players Marc Gasol and Mike Conley were ruled out for the majority of the year with a broken foot and an Achilles injury respectively. 

Despite the health issues, the franchise still secured a playoff berth with a seventh-placed finish in the Western Conference and a 42-40 record. 

They were swept in the first round, however, by the San Antonio Spurs. The organisation will be hoping their new head coach can make them a force in the west once again.

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