The New York Knicks sent shockwaves through the NBA on Friday by firing head coach David Fizdale. His tenure with the team lasted just over a year.
New York sits in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-18 record. Instead of waiting for the season to end, the front office took matters into their own hands.
Finding the right coach has been a major issue for the Knicks. They’ve used Mike Woodson, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Jeff Hornacek, and David Fizdale over the past six years.
One candidate who was on the team’s radar back in 2014 was Steve Kerr. The former Chicago Bulls guard ultimately chose the Golden State Warriors.
Kerr was asked about Fizdale’s firing this weekend in large part because of their friendship.
When asked if he ever thought about what his career would have looked like if he signed with New York, Kerr admit that he probably would’ve been fired already.
“If I had gone to New York, that would have been me like three years ago I’m well aware of that,” Kerr said. “That’s just the way it goes. I think I made the right choice.”
Steve Kerr on David Fizdale's firing: "If I had gone to New York, that would have been me like three years ago … I think I made the right choice.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 7, 2019
It’s safe to say that Kerr made the right choice. He’s led the Warriors to three championships and five-straight trips to the NBA Finals.
As for the Knicks, the historic franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season.