Every year, it seems like one NBA team makes a surprising coaching decision leaving the rest of the NBA stunned. 


Well, it turns out that the Memphis Grizzlies take home that honor this year,​ as they have fired head coach David Fizdale only 19 games into the regular season. 

This comes barely a day after Fizdale benched Marc Gasol for the entire fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets, which led the Grizzlies' big man to criticize the decision when speaking with the media.


It's unclear if that had a direct impact on Fizdale's fate, but the timing is certainly on point.

​​Although the Grizzlies started their season 7-4, they have lost eight consecutive games since. They went from being a surprise team, to 12th place in the Western Conference. 


In his first year as a coach, Fizdale led Memphis to the postseason with a 43-39 record. To see the franchise turn on him this quick is pretty alarming. 


However, the Grizzlies have had a history of firing successful coaches such as Lionel Hollins and David Joerger. 


Perhaps their run of having a solid head coach can continue, as the team turns the keys over to associate head coach JB Bickerstaff. 

​​Bickerstaff was the interim coach for the Houston Rockets in 2015, where he went 37-34 to finish out the season. 


While it'll be interesting to see if Bickerstaff can keep the promotion, the shock of this decision is by far outweighing everything else.