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Report: Grizzlies Receive Permission to Interview to Fizdale, Messina to Fill Coaching Vacancy

The coaching search for the Grizzlies is coming a little more into focus

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Keeping in mind the report yesterday that the Grizzlies have already interviewed Patrick Ewing, Marc Spears reports that the Grizzlies have received permission to speak to two other candidates:

David Fizdale, a Los Angeles native, was a point guard at the University of San Diego, where he was a three year starter and selected to the All-Western Conference team in 1996.  He spent five years as the assistant coach of his alma mater before getting his first job in the NBA, a one year stint with the Golden State Warriors for the 2003-2004 season.  Fizdale was hired by the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach from 2004-2008, and has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat.  He was the coach for the Heat Summer League team in 2010 and 2012.  He currently the coach in charge of player development, scouting, and game day preparation for the Heat.

Ettore Messina has previous head coaching experience, just not in the NBA.  Messina is a huge man of import in Euroleague basketball, with coaching stints for Virtus Bolgna, Benetto Treviso, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, and the Italian national team.  He was named Euroleague Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008,  and has been named one of the top fifty most important figures in Euroleague basketball in 2008.

Messina took his first NBA job in 2012 with Mike Brown's Los Angeles Lakers.  After one season he returned to CSKA Moscow before becoming Gregg Popovich's assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs since 2014.

Both guys, including Ewing from yesterday, are worthy candidates and guys who are deserving of getting a head coaching job.  As to who will interview and get the job going forward...


Meawhile, it appears as though Frank Vogel will be headed off somewhere else.

Stay tuned to GBB for all coaching search rumors and news as the process starts to take shape.