No one saw this coming.
Me especially. Last April, I predicted Iavaroni would be gone by xmas if the Grizzlies didn't show improvement in the first 20 games. Boy was I wrong. It took the Grizzlies over 40 games to fire Iavaroni.
Many will say Iavaroni didn't have a fair shot, no one could win with this team, he was a good guy, and he developed Rudy Gay.
Those people are wrong. Well, he might be a good guy. But by every measure of good coaching, Iavaroni was a failure.
Now the Grizzlies have the opportunity, as they did when they hired Iavaroni, to find somebody who can make something of this team.
I won't speculate yet except to say I hope it's not Avery Johnson. This team isn't going to get better with someone who micromanages every play. They need someone that can get the young team to focus on fundamentals, like passing and basic help defense.
Let's hope it turns out better than the Iavaroni experiment.