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Report: Grizzlies offer David Fizdale head coaching job

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left talks with ssistant coach David Fizdale during practice Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Miami. The Heat face the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday. The Bulls won the opening game. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT

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This is a quality hire, a respected long-time NBA assistant who has deserved a shot in the big chair.

But is he an upgrade over Dave Joerger?

Apparently the Grizzlies are betting that Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale is the man they need. From Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Casual fans may not know his name, but this could be a good hire for Memphis. Fizdale is an assistant coach with a quality franchise who has paid his dues and deserves a chance. For example, in Miami Fizdale had won the trust and respect of a team full of players that had won rings. He was a guy they leaned on. As an example, Fizdale worked hard with LeBron James on developing a post game; he was the guy LeBron trusted.

But how will he deal with an aging roster that lacks shooting? The Memphis job is a good one, but it has its challenges.