10 People who turned their back on the Miami Heat

Here are players, a coach, an analyst, and a general manager who we believe "turned their backs" on the Miami Heat organization -- some more than others.
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9. David Fizdale

David Fizdale
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In 2016, David Fizdale assumed the role of head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, following eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. During his time with the Heat, the team achieved two NBA championships and made it to the finals on two other occasions. Fizdale took over from Dave Joerger, who had led the Grizzlies for three seasons and guided them to three playoff appearances.

Fizdale played a crucial role as an assistant to Coach Spoelstra and the Miami Heat, contributing significantly to their success in winning two titles. From 2014 to 2016, he held the position of "associate head coach" for the Heat. However, Fizdale decided to leave Miami in pursuit of his dream to become a head coach in the NBA.

Before joining the Miami Heat, Fizdale spent four years as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks and one season as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors in 2003-04. Despite his extensive experience and the respect he garnered from players, Fizdale was heavily involved in game preparation and player development for the Heat, alongside Spoelstra. Veteran Udonis Haslem praised Fizdale for his exceptional basketball knowledge and unwavering passion for the game.