David Fizdale (born June 16, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach who was most recently the head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously served as the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies and was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat.
Fizdale in 2009
|Born||June 16, 1974|
Los Angeles, California
|High school||John C. Fremont|
(Los Angeles, California)
|College||San Diego (1992–1996)|
|1998–2002||San Diego (assistant)|
|2002–2004||Fresno State (assistant)|
|2003–2004||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|2004–2008||Atlanta Hawks (assistant)|
|2008–2016||Miami Heat (assistant)|
|2018–2019||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As assistant coach:|
Born in Los Angeles, Fizdale attended Fremont High School in Los Angeles, where he played as a point guard for the school's basketball team. He subsequently attended college at the University of San Diego, where he graduated with a B.A. in communications and a minor in sociology.
Between 2003 and 2016, Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. During his tenure with the Heat, Fizdale coached "Team Shaq", a squad selected by Shaquille O'Neal, at the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend. His team was defeated 163–135, by Charles Barkley's "Team Chuck", coached by then San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach Mike Budenholzer. After the reshuffle of the Heat's coaching staff, Fizdale became an associate head coach after Ron Rothstein decided to retire from his coaching career and Bob McAdoo was assigned to the scouting staff.
On May 29, 2016, Fizdale was named as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He led the Grizzlies to a 43–39 record in the 2016–17 season, reaching the Western Conference playoffs. After a 7–12 start to the 2017–18 season, including eight consecutive losses, and a publicized fourth-quarter benching of Marc Gasol, Fizdale was fired from the team on November 27, 2017.
On December 6, 2019, Fizdale was fired by the New York Knicks after a 4–18 start to their season.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Memphis||2016–17||82||43||39||.524||3rd in Southwest||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|New York||2018–19||82||17||65||.207||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
- "Returning Starters Make Santa Clara Tourney Favorite". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 1991. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- Ira Winderman (February 14, 2013). "Heat assistant Fizdale to coach All-Star Rising Stars". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- "Grizzlies name David Fizdale Head Coach". NBA.com. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
- "Grizzlies relieve David Fizdale of head coaching duties". NBA.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- Mahoney, Brian (May 7, 2018). "New York Knicks name David Fizdale new coach". NBA.com. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "Knicks Relieve David Fizdale of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
- "Coach Fizdale marries Natasha Sen in San Diego". SB Nation. August 24, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- "David Fizdale Coach File". NBA.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.