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Grizzlies fire Fratello after 6-24 start

Grizzlies fire Fratello after 6-24 start

The Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA fired coach Mike Fratello on Thursday after a league-worst 6-24 start.
The Grizzlies' all-time winningest coach, Fratello had a 95-83 record and had guided Memphis to consecutive playoff appearances.
He started the season without All-Star center Pau Gasol of Spain, who broke his foot this summer in the world championships and missed the first 22 games.
Jerry West, Grizzlies president of basketball operations, announced the move, calling Fratello a great coach and friend.
"We just felt it was time to make a change and move in a different direction based on our record and future goals. We wish Mike the best in his future endeavors," West said in a statement.
The decision follows the Grizzlies' loss Wednesday night, their fifth straight and 11th in the past 12 games. Fans were booing in the third quarter of the 112-96 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks.
"In your own homecourt, you're getting booed and yelled at from your own fans," Gasol said. "It's just hard. There's too many defensive breakdowns right now, and too many easy layups right now. The whole thing is getting to our head, and it's affecting on every aspect of the game."
The Grizzlies started on a youth movement this offseason, drafting Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry for a more uptempo pace. They traded away veteran Shane Battier and let center Lorenzen Wright leave as a free agent. But Fratello was criticized for sticking with his deliberate style.
Fratello replaced Hubie Brown on Dec. 2, 2004. He took the Grizzlies to the playoffs but was swept in the first round in 2005 and 2006.
The Grizzlies did not announce a new head coach, and said they would look for an interim head coach immediately.
The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported on its Web site that director of player personnel Tony Barone Sr. had been asked to take over, and team officials were studying their options while waiting for Barone's decision. The newspaper attributed the news to unnamed "insiders."
Barone has been a head coach in college but not in the NBA. The Grizzlies scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.


Updated : 2021-02-25 18:33 GMT+08:00