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Former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has scheduled interviews next week with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, two teams who are in need of a new man in charge.
Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies this season after just 19 games. He had a record of 50-51 in 101 games and a playoff record of 2-4. His firing wasn’t well received throughout the NBA coaching circle, as many of Fizdale’s peers thought he got the short end of the stick.
Fizdale attended the Golden State Warriors’ practice Friday and said Steve Kerr was the first person to call him after he was let go.
“Steve and I have always had a great relationship,” Fizdale told The Mercury News. “He was the first guy that called me when I got fired to say, ‘Wait a minute, this ain’t right.’ It meant a lot to me.”
Fizdale is well-respected by many players in the league and figures to garner interest from the Charlotte Hornets as well, who are also looking for a new coach.