Knicks news: David Fizdale can't wait to coach Kristaps Porzingis
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Knicks’ David Fizdale can’t wait to coach Kristaps Porzingis

David Fizdale, Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks

One of the main reasons why the New York Knicks have struggled all season is because of the absence of rising star Kristaps Porzingis, who remains sidelined because of a torn MCL injury. The 7-foot-3 big man is still expected to return this season — potentially in March — and head coach David Fizdale is very excited for the opportunity to coach the 2015 fourth overall pick.

The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the league this season, with a 10-31 record that puts them at 14th in the Eastern Conference. Clearly, Kristaps Porzingis’ absence is a huge factor for that.

Porzingis is a very promising player that is expected to be the face of the Knicks franchise in the future. However, there has been a lot of talk that his future in New York is in jeopardy.

It has been reported that the Knicks won’t be willing to offer Porzingis a max contract because of his recent injury. Should there be a fallout between the team and its prized youngster, rumors have circulated that the Brooklyn Nets and the San Antonio Spurs will make a run for the big man.

Other reports also indicate that the unrestricted free agent is highly unlikely to part ways with the Knicks, unless he also wants to leave approximately $100 million on the table.

Right now, the best thing for Kristaps to do is stay with the Knicks. Nonetheless, New York also needs to make sure that they don’t completely alienate KP during the contract negotiations because, as history suggests, money isn’t always the deciding factor for NBA players to stay or leave their respective teams.