Several players on the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly didn't like David Fizdale as a coach as much as many outsiders assumed.
"The Grizzlies are like a Hollywood set," a person familiar with the team's dynamics told Bleacher Report. "A lot of facade and nothing behind it."
Fizdale pushed his longstanding disharmony with Marc Gasol into the public with his fourth quarter benching on Sunday. Fizdale was fired on Monday.
"What it came down to was, he wanted to win the battle: me or Marc Gasol?" the person told B/R. "Well, they let him know who."
The Grizzlies have an ownership situation that needs to be resolved and there has been frequent changes of their head coaches with first Lionel Hollins then Dave Joerger and now Fizdale.
"Gasol had been chafing for a long time," a person familiar with the player's thinking told B/R. "He had two pretty good coaches in Dave and Lionel, and he felt this guy was a little bit of a [phony]."
The issues with Fizdale reportedly extended beyond Gasol.
"It got really nasty," the person familiar with the team dynamics said. "It wasn't this week, and it wasn't just Gasol. This has been going on overlapping from last year, too."