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Current Memphis Grizzlies head coach, David Fizdale, knows Lebron James very well. Prior to getting the coaching gig in Memphis, Fizdale was an assistant with the Miami Heat during Lebron’s time in South Beach. He isn’t shy about giving credit to James for helping him become a better coach and getting the opportunity to run his own team. Earlier this week before the Grizzlies played the Cavs, a game in which Lebron wasn’t even at the arena, Fizdale was asked about the prospects of Lebron coaching when his playing days are done. He was quick to say he wouldn’t be a good coach but his reasoning was pretty funny.


Although Fizdale considers James “a one-percentile guy when it comes to basketball intelligence,” he doesn’t anticipate the three-time champion following his career path and one day manning an NBA sideline with whiteboard in hand.

“No,” Fizdale said when asked about a potential future in coaching for James. “He would kill somebody. Perfection is like [his standard]. He wants perfection. I could see him actually owning his own team and doing something like that, but I think [as a coach], he would end up killing a player at some point because they wouldn’t live up to the expectations that he would set forth.”

So he is basically giving him a compliment that his mentality wouldn’t allow him to last long as a coach, which is probably correct. Lebron has a wealth of basketball knowledge for himself and teammates on the court but that doesn’t mean it would translate to actually running a team and getting guys to do what you want each night. He would probably wind up trying to throw a jersey on even in his late 40’s or early 50’s if his team wasn’t playing well.

The prospect of Lebron being an owner of an entire franchise, similar to Michael Jordan, is much more likely. He is already putting himself in financial and power positions to make things like that happen.