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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. 

ATL / 327
Richie Guerin
BOS / 795
Red Auerbach
BRK / 297*
Kevin Loughery
CHA / 207
Allan Bristow
CHI / 545
Phil Jackson
CLE / 316
Lenny Wilkens
DAL / 478
Rick Carlisle
DEN / 432
Doug Moe
DET / 467
Chuck Daly
GSW / 557
Al Attles
HOU / 503
Rudy Tomjanovich
IND / 529*
Slick Leonard
LAC / 316
Doc Rivers
LAL / 610
Phil Jackson
MEM / 214
Lionel Hollins
MIA / 532
Erik Spoelstra
MIL / 540
Don Nelson
MIN / 427
Flip Saunders
NYK / 613
Red Holzman
NO / 203
Byron Scott
OKC / 478
Lenny Wilkens
ORL / 267
Brian Hill
PHI / 454
Billy Cunningham
PHX / 579
John MacLeod
POR / 453
Jack Ramsay
SA / 1,250
Gregg Popovich
SAC / 395
Rick Adelman
TOR / 320
Dwane Casey
UTAH / 1,127
Jerry Sloan
WAS / 522
Gene Shue

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