The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, 24 hours after benching centre Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. "After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward", General Manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. Despite the team's record of 7-12 for this season, the move was a stunner for many. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade expressed their outcry on Twitter. I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy — LeBron James (@KingJames) 27 november 2017 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I need answers!!! WTF https://t.co/z39oNRQok0 — DWade (@DwyaneWade) 27 november 2017 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Gasol did not appreciate being sat for one whole quarter on Sunday:
In January, London will welcome the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers in a basketball show the capital has probably never seen before. It's just 310 miles that distance Boston from Philadelphia. A 5-hour journey which could be as paltry as $15 by coach. Yet in January, NBA sends those almost neighbouring franchises, the Celtics and the 76ers, in the middle of the season across the pond to London. And, from our perspective, it’s really extraordinary. It’s not just the proximity that stands out on this occasion. London has not yet been bestowed on a match-up of this scale by the NBA. A genuine title contender versus an extremely talented bunch of potential future MVPs that rocks the league under a catchy phrase – Trust the Process. The British capital hasn't seen it before. It
The NFL has been attracting British fans for over 10 years. When the league brings teams over here, stadiums sell out every year well in advance. What you don’t know is that thousands every week gather in one place: Hippodrome casino in Leicester Square. Known for large gaming spaces, an underground casino with caged dancers and a steak restaurant, it’s the only place that shows every single NFL game on Sunday afternoons. "It's almost like a family", said hardcore fan Nick Marcenaro. Find out why he loves going regularly. https://soundcloud.com/omar-salvi/watching-nfl-in-londons-most-famous-casino Former players often show up: this week we saw ex-New York Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora and ex-Houston Texans cornerback Jason Bell, who both work for the BBC as analysts.
Sunday's clash between the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings rounded up the 10th year of NFL London games. So how did it go? London this year has seen a record four games of American football at its two historic stadiums, Wembley and Twickenham. Although not all of them kept spectators at the edge of their seats, there was enough drama on and off the pitch to make them memorable. From the very first kneeling protests against Donald Trump, to cross-sports emotional encounters; the Voice of London has taken a look at how we celebrated NFL in the British capital this year. The games tagged #NFLUK on social media kicked off with the audacious and divisive kneeling protest during the first game at Wembley, won by the Jacksonville Jaguars 44-7 against the Baltimore Ravens. The pl