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Knicks to hire Fizdale as next head coach

The New York Knicks are on the verge of signing David Fizdale as their next head coach on a four-year deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Fizdale was previously the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for just over a year. He was brought on before the 2016 season, but after a 7-12 start to this season, the Grizzlies fired him.

There were some reported differences between Fizdale and Memphis center, Marc Gasol, which likely expedited his time there. Since being fired, Fizdale has been working at ESPN, helping them with their NBA coverage.

Fizdale is a coach that is liked by a lot of other players, including LeBron James, who he got connected with when he was in Miami as an assistant. After his firing, James lept to Fizdale’s defense and even tweeted that he felt Fizdale was a fall guy.

In his 101 career games as the head coach, Fizdale is 50-51.

Management made the decision to fire Jeff Hornacek at the conclusion of the regular season. Hornacek went 60-104 in his two seasons as the head coach.

The New York Knicks have made Fizdale their 13th coach of the 21st century. They have not made the playoffs since the 2012-2013 season under Mike Woodson. Their last NBA Finals appearance was in 1999 against the San Antonio Spurs.

 

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