Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale’s epic rant after Monday’s Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs has paid dividends. Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley sent his coach a ‘Thank you’ text at 4 AM Tuesday morning and said that the players would collectively reimburse Fizdale’s fine.
re: Fizdale rant/fine: Mike Conley sent Fiz a 'Thank you' text Tuesday at 4 am, and said players will collectively reimburse Fiz.
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) April 19, 2017
That fine came down Wednesday to the tune of $30,000 — money Fizdale likely considers to be well-spent.
His rant about the Grizzlies getting just 15 free throws — less than Kawhi Leonard on his own — despite outscoring San Antonio in the paint by 10, will help Memphis out in Game 3 as well.
You don't need to be a numbers guy, Coach. We like you just the way you are. pic.twitter.com/odIgByb1Ro
— The Ringer (@ringer) April 18, 2017