The New York Knicks were blown out at home Thursday night for their eighth straight loss, leading many NBA reporters to speculate that a David Fizdale firing could be imminent.
The Knicks lost, 129-92, to the Denver Nuggets to fall to 4-18 on the season. It was the team’s second straight ugly loss after losing to the Bucks by 44 points on Monday night. Fans were booing at Madison Square Garden.
While the game was winding down, The New York Times’ Marc Stein said a coaching change felt “inevitable.”
The coaching change, to be clear, feels inevitable now. The Knicks aren't even mustering a passable effort. But as ever you wonder, after 20 years of this, what will make James Dolan look at himself
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 6, 2019
The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn seemed to speculate about a possible Fizdale firing as well.
Could be some NBA news coming out of New York tomorrow. #Knicks
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) December 6, 2019
So did others.
Got imagine another blowout loss turns the heat up even more under David Fizdale. This team looks completely lost right now. Sad thing is that firing the coach is far from all that needs fixing in New York.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 6, 2019
The Knicks have a flawed roster that was built upon the signing of multiple power forwards over the summer. The decision-makers leading the franchise have done a poor job, but the easiest and quickest fix is firing the coach.
James Dolan has somehow agreed to pay Phil Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, and pretty soon David Fizdale upwards of $51 million for them to sit at home so Steve Mills can continue to make basketball decisions
The Knicks have won 50 games since Mills took over as President in 2017
— Knicks Film School (@NYKFilmSchool) December 6, 2019
Fizdale is in his second season as the team’s head coach. He went 17-65 last season. There reportedly was a reason why the Knicks hadn’t made a move, but they may choose to now.
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