Ex-Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn’t hung up on his breakup with New York.
While appearing on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo Wednesday to discuss his firing for the first time, Fizdale said that he has “no ill feelings” toward the organization. Fizdale, who was canned on Dec. 6 after less than 1 ½ seasons with the Knicks, said he knew it wasn’t personal.
“That’s the business we’ve chosen,” Fizdale, 45, said. “I respect those guys greatly. I miss the hell out of them. … I obviously learned a ton from it and I was just really grateful to have that opportunity to say I was the head coach of the Knicks.”
On the show, Fizdale reflected on his time with the Knicks and offered some high praise for rookie RJ Barrett. But Fizdale, who was also removed as head coach from the Grizzlies 19 games into his second season in 2017, said the most challenging thing to deal with at Madison Square Garden is the “patience level.”
“It is a team that has struggled for a long time and I think fans really want to get that thing going as soon as possible,” Fizdale said. “It’s unique from that standpoint. There’s other places you can take your time a little more and build more slowly.”
Fizdale had two years remaining on his four-year contract worth $22 million.
The Knicks have gone six straight years without a playoff appearance, which is tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Fizdale left the Knicks amid an eight-game losing streak as they sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a dismal 4-18 record. Mike Miller was named interim head coach and the team has gone 6-9 since he took over.
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