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ekstarks94
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5/3/2018  5:53 PM
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http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23396895/david-fizdale-agrees-deal-become-new-york-knicks-head-coach

Sources: After meeting with James Dolan, David Fizdale agrees to coach Knicks


David Fizdale has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

Fizdale met with Knicks owner James Dolan on Thursday in New York, who then gave his approval to president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry to enter into contract negotiations with Fizdale, league sources said.

Fizdale, who coached the Memphis Grizzlies into the Western Conference playoffs in his one full season as coach, was New York's primary target from the start of the search process.

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5/3/2018  6:01 PM    LAST EDITED: 5/3/2018  6:02 PM
Good choice, now that I know more about him.


Thank you Steve Mills for bringing in Perry/Fizdale. No one knows for sure if this will work out. But by bringing them in, shows that you didnt look for the answers to the Knicks problems, mostly in the rearview mirror.

Well done.👍

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http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23396895/david-fizdale-agrees-deal-become-new-york-knicks-head-coach

Sources: After meeting with James Dolan, David Fizdale agrees to coach Knicks
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David Fizdale has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

Fizdale met with Knicks owner James Dolan on Thursday in New York, who then gave his approval to president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry to enter into contract negotiations with Fizdale, league sources said.

Fizdale, who coached the Memphis Grizzlies into the Western Conference playoffs in his one full season as coach, was New York's primary target from the start of the search process.

Fizdale is expected to travel to Latvia soon to meet with Knicks All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis, league sources said.

Mills and Perry fired former coach Jeff Hornacek shortly after the conclusion of the regular season. The Knicks were a combined 44 games under .500 in Hornacek's two seasons.

Mills and Perry met with several candidates prior to agreeing to terms with Fizdale. Among the coaches they interviewed: former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Heat assistant Juwan Howard, Spurs assistant James Borrego, Toronto G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga and Clippers assistant Mike Woodson.

Fizdale is the Knicks' 11th coach since the 2001-02 season and the fifth since the start of the 2010-11 season. Management hopes that he can start to elevate a franchise that hasn't reached the playoffs in five seasons.

The Knicks prefer to build a young core around Porzingis, who isn't expected back until midway through next season as he recovers from a torn ACL. The Knicks own all of their future first-round draft picks and are projected to clear significant salary cap space in the summer of 2019.

The franchise's next coaching hire will need to "understand today's player" and be a strong communicator, Mills told reporters after dismissing Hornacek.

"Today's players are very different from yesterday's players," Mills said. "So, you have to be a person that understands who these guys are, where they come from, what their basketball journey is."

Fizdale was an integral part of two championships as a member of Erik Spoelstra's coaching staff with the Miami Heat - where he spent eight years as an assistant coach. He built a reputation on his ability to connect and communicate with players, and strong teaching and tactical ability. He has strong relationships with several players from his Heat tenure, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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5/3/2018  6:12 PM
martin wrote:got us a whole new slew of GameThread opportunities

Yeah, good hire. The front office saw our needs and did what it had to do in order to replace the loss of Abby Hornacek and, potentially, XRM's mom. Good job Perry. I guess David will make for an OK coach too.

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5/3/2018  6:24 PM
Here we go again.
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5/3/2018  6:30 PM
Awesome. One of the hosts of mad dog radio is a big heat fan. He did not want the Knicjs to get Fiz. Said he was a great coach and all the players in the league love him.
i have heard nothing but good things about him.
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5/3/2018  6:36 PM
Ok now on to the draft, good hire.
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5/3/2018  6:40 PM    LAST EDITED: 5/3/2018  6:43 PM

Looks like Boston Pitcher David Price
Without hair on his head...

Oh well welcome! David

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5/3/2018  6:42 PM
Good hire. Our gain, Grizzlies loss.
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5/3/2018  6:46 PM
CrushAlot wrote:Awesome. One of the hosts of mad dog radio is a big heat fan. He did not want the Knicjs to get Fiz. Said he was a great coach and all the players in the league love him.
i have heard nothing but good things about him.

Yeah this is a good move for the Knicks. I wanted Bud or Fiz! Now they can get to work!!!

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5/3/2018  6:50 PM
Zach Lowe and Danny Leroux both liked the hire. That is steep praise from guys that are generally critical of the Knicks.
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5/3/2018  6:56 PM
CrushAlot wrote:Zach Lowe and Danny Leroux both liked the hire. That is steep praise from guys that are generally critical of the Knicks.
Pretty much everyone ive seen come out loves the hire. He was one of if not the best coachng choice on the market
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5/3/2018  7:08 PM
I am a happy man....Ive been endorsing Fiz from day one. Fiz is a real gym rat, studies film endlessly...coaches both sides of the ball and was schooled in the Riley/Spo school of basketball.

It generally feels like we are turning this thing around. The Perry hire, the coaching interview process and now Fiz! This feels like we are an actual, legit franchise!! The circus has left town!

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5/3/2018  7:15 PM
Best of luck, Fizz! I hope you lose every game next year and then win every game after that.
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5/3/2018  7:20 PM    LAST EDITED: 5/3/2018  7:21 PM
Would've preferred Bud, as I value his defensive mindset which am not sure Fiz brings to the same extent. To me, this screams "we gotta get FA's to NYC, ASAP", Fiz being a strong recruiting chip, and if we're talking 2019 Giannis, sign me up. Keep the process rolling gents (and god please no quick-fix starphucks).
Patience with the rebuild, keep all the picks, no starphucks, and team-first attitude. Marinate a couple years and we're playing like the '72 team. Championship here we come!
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5/3/2018  7:22 PM
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