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David Fizdale’s short stint in Memphis was full of fire quotes

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Fizdale is out in Memphis, but his words as the Grizzlies coach will live forever.

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The Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale after the team fell to a 7-12 record to start the season. The reasons for his firing are controversial, but one thing is certain: fans will miss Fizdale, if for any reason, because you never knew what he would say next.

Here are a few of his best words as Grizzlies head coach:

Kawhi Leonard is a robot

After Leonard scored 32 and 37 points respectively in the first two games of the Spurs-Grizzlies first-round playoff series last season, Fizdale said San Antonio’s star bled antifreeze.

“(Kawhi Leonard) was standing next to me the other night, and he wasn’t breathing. He wasn’t breathing, so I’m gonna check the rule book and find out if robots are allowed to play in the NBA because somehow Pop and them have figured out, they know something I don’t know. I think he bleeds like antifreeze or something. This guy, he is special, man.”


He coined two catchphrases in one rant

Which was your favorite: “They’re not gonna rook us,” or “Take that for data”?


How do you guard LeBron James?

“Compete your butt off, and I hope you are a religious man because you’re gonna need to say some prayers.”


He said he doesn’t want to see Ben Simmons for the next 15 years

Simmons is special, that’s no secret. Not even to Fizdale.

“Oh my God. I don’t wanna see that for the next 15 years. That kid. They’re not talking about him enough. The way he moves with the ball, his ability to see the floor, the way he can get places on the floor. Once he gets confidence in his shot to where you really gotta close out to him on the three, wow. He’s a big time talent.”


He also said this about Confederate statues

“My agenda is simple — I want those things out of our city, out of public view,” via NBA.com. “I’m not even saying tear them up and melt them down,” he said. “Put them in their proper context in history. Their proper context is in a civil rights museum, where you could put them in context and talk about how awful they were. I just feel our citizens should not have to see that involuntarily.”


Fizdale might not be the coach in Memphis anymore, but he won’t be a free agent for too long. Eventually a team will need the tough love brand of leadership he brings. It won’t be with the Grizzlies, but he’ll get a call.

And when he does, we’ll be waiting.