It was an exciting day in the career of David Fizdale and also for the Memphis Grizzlies. Fizdale was introduced as the new head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, and in his first presser he made some very bold statements.
“I’m here to win,” Fizdale said Tuesday. “That’s the best way to put it. I didn’t leave Miami and that beautiful beach and all that water and good stuff to come here to lose. I came here to win. And I came here to be a big part of this community, a big part of the people here. I’m going to be out and about, and I’m going to be involved in everything.”
He would also later add that it was championship or bust for his new Grizzlies.
“The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it,” Fizdale said. “With the pieces that we have and the pieces that we’re going to put together, with us working together in collaboration, I see no reason why we won’t have an opportunity to take that run.”
Fizdale has great experience in the NBA, starting out as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors in 2003, also working with the Atlanta Hawks and winning back-to-back titles with the Miami Heat. Experience will be key in his first season as NBA head coach, but aiming for a title with a battered and bruised Memphis roster might be aiming too high.
They have plenty of talent, arguably the best center in the NBA with Marc Gasol, a work horse in Zach Randolph, and a great ball handler and leader in Mike Conley, but this team is a few pieces away from truly contending for the title against teams like the Warriors, Thunder and Spurs.
They’re bold words Mr. Fizdale, and said with good intentions, but this league will eat you alive if you continue making statements like these.