Knicks Tap Fizdale To Be New Head Coach

David Fizdale

David Fizdale's first coaching gig came in Memphis. | Brandon Dill AP

With a lottery pick this year and if Porzingis miss next season, all indications would point towards the Knicks to return to the lottery next year.

But it's an interesting development for the Knicks and James' imminent free agency - most notably because NY now has Fizdale, a coach who spent four years with LeBron as an assistant with the Miami Heat during their 2010-14 Big Three era. James and Knicks coach Fizdale have a connection.

The New York Knicks announced the hiring of former Memphis Grizzlies head coach and Heat assistant David Fizdale last night, which should positively impact the Knicks' ability to bring in free agents in the coming years.

He ends up becoming the 11th Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season. After years as an assistant, Fizdale landed the head job in Memphis in 2016 and guided the team to the postseason in his first year at the helm. He proved his coaching prowess in Memphis, as well, despite having a falling out with Marc Gasol that he takes his share of accountability for.

The 43-year-old Fizdale began his National Basketball Association coaching career in 2003 as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

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The New York Knicks' offseason to-do list expanded before they even got to work improving the team.

The two are said to have enjoyed a positive working relationship, according to the New York Daily News.

Head coach hirings are nothing new to NY. That's not out of the question but certainly complicates things, not to mention that would have to be followed by trading a contract like Courtney Lee's into another team's cap space to shed more salary.

Thus, while signing LeBron James in free agency is unlikely, simply having the opportunity to meet with him would be progress for the New York Knicks.

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