Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony on Knicks’ David Fizdale sacking: ‘I don’t like it’
Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony doesn’t like the firing of David Fizdale. As a former member of the New York Knicks, Anthony says that he now has a clearer perspective of the organization.
“I don’t like it,” Anthony said of the axing, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “Somebody had to take the fall for it. It’s sad. It hurts me to see that. Especially for me on the outside looking in now. Before I was on the inside looking out. I see it from both perspectives. You just don’t want to see that from the organization, from the team right now.”
While Anthony hasn’t played under Fizdale, the two have formed a bond through LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Fizdale was one of the assistant coaches of the Miami Heat during their title reign in the early 2010s.
Moreover, Fizdale had invited Anthony to work out with his players during informal pickup games in September.
Several analysts echoed Anthony’s sentiments. Despite the Knicks’ horrendous showing, they still believe that if given more time, Fizdale has the ability to turn the franchise around.
Fans and experts alike believe that the problem lies in the organization itself. In the last decade, the Knicks have had six head-coaching changes, which isn’t exactly a remarkable stat. After all, development is a long-term process. There are special cases but generally speaking, a coach needs a few seasons to get to know his team and its players.