All those rumors about the New York Knicks potentially firing David Fizdale during the season turned out to be true. Despite having such a small sample size this year, the front office has decided to move on.
New York signed Fizdale to a four-year contract back in 2018. In his first season as the head coach the Knicks went 17-65.
Fizdale didn’t receive criticism last season for the team’s failures due to the lack of talent on the roster. However, it’s pretty apparent that management wasn’t convinced he’d lead the franchise in the right direction.
The Knicks currently own a 4-18 record in the Eastern Conference, which places them last in the standings. Following last night’s blowout loss at home to the Denver Nuggets, the front office felt the need to part ways with Fizdale.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news.
In addition to firing Fizdale, the Knicks dismissed assistant coach Keith Smart.
Knicks fired coach David Fizdale, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2019
Prior to this season, the hope was that New York would be a competitive team that potentially fights for a playoff spot. The front office added R.J. Barrett, Julius Randle and Marcus Morris in the offseason.
Instead of showing improvement this season, the Knicks remain in the basement of the NBA.
Fizdale might eventually find another coaching job in the future, but his resume will now include a 21-83 overall record with New York.
The Knicks are back in action tomorrow night when they play the Indiana Pacers.