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Liberty Links: Grizzlies coach David Fizdale is mad about officiating in Spurs game

A rant you can’t afford to miss.

NBA: Playoffs-Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Normally we try to lead off with heavier Sixers-related content at the top of the Liberty Links, but we have a new coaching rant to add to the pantheon. Welcome to immortality, David Fizdale.

David Fizdale is fed up with the lack of respect Grizzlies get from officials

Roll the footage:

We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy, he has class, he just plays the game. But I’m not going to let them treat us that way. I know Pop’s got pedigree and I’m a young rookie, but they’re not going to rook us. That’s unacceptable, that was unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance.

Take that for data.

“Take that for data” is going to go down in history alongside “Playoffs?!”, “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE” and other assorted outbursts from head coaches over the years. The Grizzlies don’t have a chance against Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs in this series, but kudos to Fizdale for going down swinging.

The Best Dunks of the 2016-17 NBA Regular Season — Caleb Su, Complex

There are a handful of strong entries on this list, but I’m a little upset Joel Embiid didn’t make the cut here. When he dunked on Nene’s head to kick off the Sixers’ national TV game against the Houston Rockets, I nearly had an out-of-body experience.

You’re No. 1 in our hearts, Joel.

Death Row Records inspired the Wizards to be great — Michael Lee, The Vertical

Even if it’s the Wizards — glares at Andrew Sharp — there’s nothing that could get me to click on a story faster than a 90’s rap theme. Couple points of critique:

  • I love the arrogance it takes for Markieff Morris to believe he is the Wizards’ version of Snoop Dogg
  • The comparisons in general go off the rails extraordinarily quickly. John Wall as ‘Pac is believable because of the relative talent and volatility, but then things get a little ridiculous. You can’t just label someone Suge Knight because they have a beard and a shaved head; Suge Knight allegedly held Vanilla Ice upside down and by the ankles over a hotel balcony (Ice denies this). All due respect to Wizards security, but if we’re just going to dole this out to a bald dude with facial hair, Marcin Gortat is the obvious choice.

10 reasons the Sixers’ season wasn’t a success — Rich Hofmann, Philly Voice

In lieu of having the Nerlens Noel vs. Jahlil Okafor debate for the 789th time, it really sucks to still be talking about player health and injuries as frequently as we are. Dealing with years of “They drafted a hurt player!” was bad enough, but we’ve seen guys with pristine bills of health deal with all sorts of weird ailments in Philadelphia. It stinks, and I wish for nothing more than smooth sailing on that front in the future.

Sisqo thinks LeBron should be the MVP

I was on this corner for a while, stepped off when the Cavs crumbled down the stretch, and have now been convinced by this remake of a late 90’s jam. The votes are already in, but this should be enough for LeBron to take home the trophy.

The Sixers want you to invest in gyms they’re partnered with — Crossing Broad

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