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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.”

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.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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Can you name the coach with most wins all time for every NBA franchise?

An asterisk (*) indicates that win total includes ABA games.

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ATL / 327 / 1971-72
Richie Guerin
BOS / 795 / 1965-66
Red Auerbach
BRK / 297* / 1980-81
Kevin Loughery
CHA / 207 / 1995-96
Allan Bristow
CHI / 545 / 1997-98
Phil Jackson
CLE / 316 / 1992-93
Lenny Wilkens
DAL / 510 / 2019-20
Rick Carlisle
DEN / 432 / 1989-90
Doug Moe
DET / 467 / 1991-92
Chuck Daly
GSW / 557 / 1982-83
Al Attles
HOU / 503 / 2002-03
Rudy Tomjanovich
IND / 529* / 1979-80
Slick Leonard
LAC / 351 / 2019-20
Doc Rivers
LAL / 610 / 2010-11
Phil Jackson
MEM / 214 / 2012-13
Lionel Hollins
MIA / 564 / 2019-20
Erik Spoelstra
MIL / 540 / 1986-87
Don Nelson
MIN / 427 / 2014-15
Flip Saunders
NO / 203 / 2009-10
Byron Scott
NYK / 613 / 1981-82
Red Holzman
OKC / 478 / 1984-85
Lenny Wilkens
ORL / 267 / 2006-07
Brian Hill
PHI / 454 / 1984-85
Billy Cunningham
PHX / 579 / 1986-87
John MacLeod
POR / 453 / 1985-86
Jack Ramsay
SA / 1,272 / 2019-20
Gregg Popovich
SAC / 395 / 2005-06
Rick Adelman
TOR / 320 / 2017-18
Dwane Casey
UTAH / 1,127 / 2010-11
Jerry Sloan
WAS / 522 / 1985-86
Gene Shue

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