Watch: Grizzlies crowd erupts when Fizdale is introduced

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It wasn't just the Memphis Grizzlies players who appreciated their head coach's rant.

When David Fizdale was introduced Thursday ahead of Game 3 at FedEx Forum, the fans welcomed him with frenzied cheers and vigorous towel-waiving.

Following Monday's 96-82 Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Fizdale delivered a scathing diatribe against the "very poorly officiated" contest. As expected, he was slapped with a $30,000 fine, which his grateful players offered to cover.

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The coach said the financial punishment was "worth it," and it seems the Grizz faithful agree.