Sources: ‘Way too early’ for Knicks to consider firing David Fizdale
The New York Knicks’ season has gotten off to a dreadful start, but head coach David Fizdale’s job is reportedly safe, at least for now.
The Knicks sit at 1-6 following Sunday’s 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, a game in which chants of “Fire Fizdale” could be heard at times inside Madison Square Garden.
Despite the Knicks having stumbled out of the gate and the team’s fans already getting antsy, sources have indicated it’s “way too early” for the organization to consider making a coaching switch, according to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The notion that Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry would fire Fizdale now is a questionable one, as Berman writes that the two “have been spared much of the blame despite constructing a complex collection of players that does not contain enough perimeter shooting or somebody who can carry a team late in a close game.”
The mishmash manner in which the roster has been constructed is not Fizdale’s fault, and the case can be made the coach is doing the best he can under difficult circumstances.
“They’re more a puzzle now than pieces to a puzzle,’’ one NBA scout observed at the start of the season.
The Knicks have long been viewed as one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional organizations, and an in-season coaching change — especially this early — would only further exacerbate the perception that the team is the league’s biggest laughingstock.
That said, it’s not as if Fizdale — who boasts a woeful 18-71 record in his tenure with the Knicks — is immune to criticism, as one former NBA coach observed about Sunday’s ugly loss to the Kings.
“Looked like there was no follow-through on any of the plays, resulting in a one-pass or a no-pass attack scheme,’’ he said. “It looked like no coordination. And on defense, the rotations were very poor.’’
Fizdale arguably may ultimately earn a deserved dismissal this season. That said, making such a move at this point would seemingly be an unwise decision for the Knicks’ already-beleaguered front office.