David Fizdale was fired by the New York Knicks on Friday, and the move did not go over well with many.
Most recognize the Knicks have a poorly constructed roster, bad owner and team that hasn’t won more than 32 games for five straight years. They view Fizdale as a scapegoat for the organization’s problems. Gregg Popovich certainly thinks so.
The San Antonio Spurs head coach weighed in on the Fizdale firing when speaking with the media on Friday. He called it “ridiculous” and “unfair.”
Pop on the firing of David Fizdale: pic.twitter.com/46Ynadw4h7
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) December 7, 2019
He’s right. This was only Fizdale’s second season as the team’s head coach. You’re expecting a huge turnaround after one-and-a-quarter seasons, especially after stocking your roster with tons of power forwards in free agency? It’s lunacy.
But after eight straight losses, two of which came by blowout, the Knicks felt someone had to be accountable, and that’s why they fired Fizdale. It was an unfair move by a bad organization, but it should be a lesson learned if you’re a potential head coach: This is what you’re in for if you take that job.
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An asterisk (*) indicates that win total includes ABA games.