Clippers coach Doc Rivers saw writing on wall for David Fizdale with Knicks
Rivers said it was only a matter of time before Fizdale was shown the door once president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a press conference to discuss their frustrations about the team’s 2-8 start:
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said it was clear that David Fizdale was going to be fired after Steve Mills & Scott Perry’s post-game press conference following the Knicks’ 2-8 start. “That was bad,” he said, citing the importance of management/their head coach supporting eachother.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 5, 2020
The Knicks retained David Fizdale following the aforementioned press conference, but New York went 2-10 over the course of their next 12 games, and Fizdale was promptly fired.
Fizdale did not have much success during his Knicks tenure, going just 21-83 over the course of one-plus seasons at the helm.
However, many executives believe Mills, Perry and Knicks owner James Dolan are to blame, per Marc Berman of the New York Post:
The latest firing puts Mills and general manager Scott Perry squarely in James Dolan’s eye of the storm, with no one else left as a scapegoat.
“It’s a lousy roster and Mike isn’t going to win with that group either,’’ one NBA personnel man said. “They should make Steve Mills coach the team.”
The Knicks have had five different head coaches since 2013, and they have not registered a winning season since the 2012-13 campaign, when they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Still, interim head coach Mike Miller has had some success since taking over for Fizdale. Miller is 6-7 entering Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, and it might not be a surprise if he were promoted to the full-time position at season’s end if this inspired play continues.