Dave Joeger was fired on May 7th and hired by the Sacramento Kings on May 9th. It's May 25th and the Grizzlies still don't have a coach.
Like Sisyphus rolling that rock up the hill, the Grizzlies have since then interviewed at least 7,894 candidates for the head coaching job with a grand total of like four games of head coaching experience. Or so it seems.
The Grizzlies have been linked to Frank Vogel, who apparently had a second interview with the Grizzlies before being hired by the Orlando Magic, San Antonio assistants Ettore Messina and James Borrego, Portland assistant coach Nate Tibbets, Charlotte assistant coach and chronic sweater Patrick Ewing, former Grizzlies assistant coach Jeff Bzdelick, and super-red hot coaching assistant from the Miami Heat, David Fizdale.
Well, it appears now that the Grizzlies are starting to focus their efforts.
According to Marc Stein, the Grizzlies will bring in Fizdale for a second interview and to meet Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.
Fizdale seems to have been one of the favorites to win the job from the beginning, slightly behind Vogel. Despite not having any head coaching experience (which matters less these days, seeing as three of the four teams left in the NBA playoffs each hired a coach with no experience), Fizdale is known as a players coach and earned the respect of a heavily veteran team in Miami, both before and after Lebron left. Fizdale also comes from the a player development background, which is something that the Grizzlies have said they wanted to emphasize going forward.
I really don't have any qualms with Fizdale as the next head coach of the Grizzlies. He has been in coaching/player development since 1997, both at the NBA and NCAA levels. So he has experience. Maybe this is just the shot he needs.
The most important thing is that he and the front office get on the same page going forward to form some sort of harmony that the previous two coaches could not achieve. And that truly may be the most important task ahead for Fizdale or whoever gets this job.
Let the Grizdale puns commence!