David Fizdale bemoans how ‘Fortnite’ disrupts Knicks players’ sleep habits
The New York Knicks have evidently been placing a strong emphasis on player rest this season. Relying upon scientific research, seminars and blue-light minimizing glasses, among other things, the team is attempting to educate players on the importance of quality rest, which of course starts with a good night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, Knicks players apparently are obsessed with an extremely popular video game and it’s throwing a wrench in the process, according to David Fizdale.
The Knicks head coach recently addressed how “Fortnite” is a disruptive influence on the team’s plans, bemoaning how players spend an inordinate amount of time playing the game and disrupting their rest.
“‘Fortnite,’ that’s my competitor right now,” Fizdale told The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov. “‘Fortnite’ is tougher than the Boston Celtics.”
“‘Fortnite’ is undefeated.”
Fizdale went on to highlight the importance of rest for players given its significance in the restorative process during the grind of an 82-game season.
“It’s everything,” Fizdale said. “We actually do a lot of education about sleep with our guys because everything is happening in your sleep — the healing of your brain, the healing of your body, the growth of muscle. That rest affects reaction time, decision-making, all of those things. We really stress it to the guys. We try to teach them the things that will affect their sleep and hurt their sleep.”
With a woeful 9-26 record in Fizdale’s first season as head coach, the Knicks obviously are a long way off from fielding a playoff-caliber team, although Kristaps Porzingis’ lengthy absence has a lot to do with the team’s ongoing struggles.
That said, anything the organization can do to help educate players about how to be at their best on the court, which would include getting quality rest, can’t hurt. Sadly, “Fortnite” is not helping matters, apparently, although it bears noting that NBA players aren’t the only people staying up way too late playing the game.