Grizzlies star Gasol denies engineering coach firing

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Memphis started the season 7-4 before the string of losses began. The Grizzlies haven’t won since losing point guard Mike Conley to an Achilles tendon injury seven games ago.Gasol, who is averaging 19.1 points and 9.1 rebounds, admitted he and Fizdale “didn’t see eye to eye all of the time”.“But we both had the same intentions of making the team a collective thing,” he said. “We couldn’t find the formula to do that.”J.B. Bickerstaff was named interim coach and Wallace said he will keep the position for the rest of the season.Bickerstaff went 37-34 as interim coach of the Houston Rockets in 2015-16 after Kevin McHale was fired nine games into the campaign.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, front, of Spain, argues for a call as forward Dillon Brooks looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol said Tuesday he had nothing to do with the struggling NBA team’s decision to sack coach David Fizdale.Fizdale was let go on Monday, a day after a furious Gasol was benched for the fourth quarter of the team’s eighth straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Referee says ‘air punch, vulgar language’ led to LeBron’s first career ejection Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES But the Spanish big man said he was surprised by the timing of the move.“Nobody likes to see a coach change during the season because you don’t have enough time to work on stuff,” Gasol told reporters on Tuesday. “I was a little bit shocked by it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMemphis general manager Chris Wallace said the firing of the second-year coach was due to the team being underachievers and not related to any rift between Fizdale and Gasol.“There were bigger trends than just the relationship between the two of them,” Wallace said. “It just hasn’t been going well for us after a good start. And there was no indication that it was going to change magically any time soon.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more