James and Dwyane Wade led the charge Monday on questioning the Grizzlies' firing of head coach David Fizdale, a popular assistant coach who won two National Basketball Association championships with James, Wade and the Heat in 2012 and 2013.
Shortly after the news broke, James expressed his confusion over the situation. The two obviously have a history, which probably plays a role in why James feels compelled to comment.
The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale's first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
Marc Gasol is Memphis' lone upright star, with point guard Mike Conley injured and longtime forward Zach Randolph and shooting guard Tony Allen having been shipped to other destinations during the offseason.More news: Economies and societies thrive when women are empowered: Ivanka Trump
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"He was upset about the game last night", said Pau Gasol, who added he had spoken to Marc since Sunday night. But James isn't so sure.
While the Grizzlies plan to introduce interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the media Tuesday morning, more National Basketball Association stars who have played under Fizdale publicly scoffed at the news.
"I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league", Kerr said. "Coach Fizdale represented the Grizzlies and City of Memphis proudly, and we wish him well as he continues his career". The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rival Houston.
Bickerstaff, who spent five seasons with the Rockets (2011-16), also served as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11).