David Fizdale: Knicks brass ‘incredibly supportive’ amid rough start
The New York Knicks have stumbled out of the gate this season to the tune of an Eastern Conference-worst 1-6 record, but head coach David Fizdale insists he still has the backing of the team’s front office.
“They’ve been incredibly supportive,” Fizdale said after Wednesday’s morning shootaround ahead of a showdown with the Pistons, per the New York Post. “We talk every day. The beauty of what’s happening inside our building is everyone is connected. They all see the work that we’re putting in.”
Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry have not said anything publicly about the team’s disappointing start, so Fizdale will have to be taken at his word that he still has the front office’s support.
That said, sources reportedly indicated earlier this week that’s it’s still “way too early” in the season for Mills and Perry to contemplate a coaching switch.
Fizdale sports a woeful 18-71 record in his season-plus tenure with the Knicks, and the team’s fans are getting impatient, even unruly, early on during the 2019-20 campaign.
During a disheartening 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, “Fire Fizdale” chants could be heard echoing throughout Madison Square Garden. Fizdale downplayed the chilly reception he received from Knicks fans.
“I don’t think about that,” Fizdale said. “I was more concerned about our performance from my seat. I can’t be caught up with how everybody else was feeling.”
The fact that speculation has already arose surrounding Fizdale’s job security obviously is a troubling development for the Knicks, who have long been smeared as the NBA’s most dysfunctional organization. At the very least, Knicks brass are going to let things play out awhile before deciding on whether or not to cut Fizdale loose.