MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach Mike Fratello on Thursday after an NBA-worst 6-24 start.
The Grizzlies' winningest coach, Fratello had a 95-83 record and had guided Memphis to consecutive playoff appearances.
He started the season without All-Star center Pau Gasol, who broke his foot this summer in the world championships and missed the first 22 games.
"Unfortunately, this season has been one of disarray starting this past summer," Fratello said in a statement.
Jerry West, Grizzlies president of basketball operations, announced the move, calling Fratello a great coach and friend.
"We just felt it was time to make a change and move in a different direction based on our record and future goals. We wish Mike the best in his future endeavors," West said in a statement.
The change was made after the Grizzlies' 112-96 home loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night, the fifth straight defeat and 11th in 12 games for Memphis.