Grizzlies' Players And Sponsors Are Paying David Fizdale's $30,000 Fine For His Epic "Analytical" Rant
First and foremost, I absolutely love the "I'm not a numbers guy, but I can count on my fingers and this bullshit doesn't add up" narrative of this rant. Even the most simplistic of math is so much more damning when it comes from someone that hates math. If some analytics driven asshole was up there spouting off figures I would have lost interest, but once David Fizdale included a disclaimer that basically amounted to "this was my least favorite subject in school" I was all-in on whatever followed.
And what followed was a $30,000 critique of the officials that was worth every penny in terms of entertainment. Whether or not it inspires his team to make this a competitive series or has a lasting impact on the way the games are called going forward remains to be seen, but the fact that David Fizdale got fined a minimum wage salary and isn't paying a cent of it is some pretty telling data. Financially it was probably the right thing for the Grizzlies to do since Mike Conley's mode of transportation might as well be a Brinks truck after last summer, but still a nice gesture. Memphis has a snowball's chance in hell regardless of who is picking up the tab, but still cool to see a team have their coach's back when he battled the scholastic demons of his youth to have theirs. The Spurs might be playing chess while the Grizzles are playing checkers, but you ain't gon' rook David Fizdale without him flipping the board on your ass.