David Fizdale

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David Fizdale
David Fizdale in 2009.jpg
Fizdale in 2009
Utah Jazz
PositionAssociate General Manager
Personal information
Born (1974-06-16) June 16, 1974 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High schoolJohn C. Fremont
(Los Angeles, California)
CollegeSan Diego (1992–1996)
Coaching career1998–present
Career history
As coach:
1998–2002San Diego (assistant)
2002–2004Fresno State (assistant)
20032004Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20042008Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20082016Miami Heat (assistant)
20162017Memphis Grizzlies
20182019New York Knicks
20212022Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:

David Sean Fizdale (born June 16, 1974) is an American professional basketball manager. He is currently the assistant general manager for the Utah Jazz. He previously was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, the head coach for the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, and was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat. He won two championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013.


Born in Los Angeles, Fizdale attended Fremont High School in Los Angeles, where he played as a point guard for the school's basketball team.[1] He subsequently attended college at the University of San Diego, where he graduated with a B.A. in communications and a minor in sociology.

Between 2003 and 2016, Fizdale was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, and Miami Heat. During his tenure with the Heat, Fizdale coached "Team Shaq", a squad selected by Shaquille O'Neal, at the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend.[2] His team was defeated 163–135, by Charles Barkley's "Team Chuck", coached by then San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach Mike Budenholzer. After the reshuffle of the Heat's coaching staff, Fizdale became an associate head coach after Ron Rothstein decided to retire from his coaching career and Bob McAdoo was assigned to the scouting staff.

On May 29, 2016, Fizdale was named as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.[3] He led the Grizzlies to a 43–39 record in the 2016–17 season, reaching the Western Conference playoffs. After a 7–12 start to the 2017–18 season, including eight consecutive losses, and a publicized fourth-quarter benching of Marc Gasol, Fizdale was fired from the team on November 27, 2017.[4]

On May 7, 2018, Fizdale was named as the head coach of the New York Knicks signing a four-year deal with the organization.[5] On December 6, 2019, he was fired by the Knicks after a 4–18 start to their season.[6]

In September 2021, Fizdale was hired as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers under Frank Vogel.

On June 28, 2022, Fizdale was hired as the associate general manager for the Utah Jazz.

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Memphis 2016–17 82 43 39 .524 3rd in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Memphis 2017–18 19 7 12 .368 (fired)
New York 2018–19 82 17 65 .207 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
New York 2019–20 22 4 18 .182 (fired)
Career 205 71 134 .346   6 2 4 .333  

Personal life[edit]

Fizdale is married to marketer Natasha Sen[7] and has one son from a prior relationship.[8]


  1. ^ "Returning Starters Make Santa Clara Tourney Favorite". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 1991. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Ira Winderman (February 14, 2013). "Heat assistant Fizdale to coach All-Star Rising Stars". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "Grizzlies name David Fizdale Head Coach". NBA.com. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies relieve David Fizdale of head coaching duties". NBA.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Mahoney, Brian (May 7, 2018). "New York Knicks name David Fizdale new coach". NBA.com. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Knicks Relieve David Fizdale of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Coach Fizdale marries Natasha Sen in San Diego". SB Nation. August 24, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "David Fizdale Coach File". NBA.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.

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