David Fizdale again bemoans Knicks players’ ‘Fortnite’ obsession
David Fizdale is doubling down on a previous rant against “Fortnite,” bemoaning how the popular video game continues to have a negative impact on some New York Knicks players.
Back in December, Fizdale railed against the hold “Fortnite” has on some of his players, suggesting that staying up all hours of the night playing the game is disrupting their need for rest and a good night’s sleep. Speaking to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, Fizdale reiterated some of those same reservations.
“Some guys, I do,” Fizdale said when asked whether he’s concerned about Knicks players being overly obsessed with the game. “You don’t know who it is at home doing it, but I think this generation, they are an online generation. Whether it’s communicating late in the night with people. Whether it’s reading stuff, watching stuff, playing video games at the end of the night. It’s still a bunch of blue light in their eyes keeping them up all night.
“I do get concerned with how much rest they get. How it affects reaction time and irritability, things like that. So, yeah. Guys are different. Some guys aren’t really into it like that. Then there’s other guys.”
At 11-47, the Knicks have the second-worst record in the NBA, although the team’s issue run much deeper than how at least a handful of players have fallen under the “Fortnite” spell.
That said, studies have demonstrated video-game obsession can have a disruptive, corrosive impact on the lives of some people. It appears some Knicks players have be affected at least to some degree in such a manner, although it merits noting that it’s a very safe assumption that other NBA teams have been forced to confront similar issues.