November 29, 2017, 8:17 am
Erik Spoelstra said after Tuesday morning’s shootaround that the Heat are not planning on having former assistant David Fizdale rejoin the team’s coaching staff this season.
“He’s not doing that right now,” Spoelstra said. “He’s going to take some time, as well he should. Since something like this happens so suddenly and shockingly, I think the best thing to do is to step back, which is what his plan is, and really disengage and then contemplate his next move.” The team currently employs four assistant coaches on their staff, which is one less than the maximum number allowed for NBA teams. Before Memphis hired Fizdale on May 29, 2016, he spent eight seasons with the Heat, during which he was part of the Heat’s run of four consecutive NBA Finals and two championships. Fizdale is well respected around the league by both coaches and players and should have no problem getting another gig but that will probably not happen this season.