Knicks news: David Fizdale 'factored in a lot' in Bobby Portis' decision to join New York
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David Fizdale ‘factored in a lot’ in Bobby Portis’ decision to sign with Knicks

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New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis says head coach David Fizdale “factored in a lot” in his decision to sign with the franchise in free agency.

Portis signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Knicks. He’s reuniting with Taj Gibson in New York. Portis and Gibson were teammates on the Chicago Bulls.

“I was just looking at the situation, the fit and the city. Obviously, as professional basketball players, we play this game to get paid and take care of our families, so that was kind of a factor,” Portis told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “But at the same time, I wanted to be comfortable in the city that I was playing in. I wanted to be confident in the coaches.

“When I met Coach [David] Fizdale in person, that was big. I saw how genuinely happy he was to meet me and how much he wanted to be a Knick, so that factored in a lot as well. And I wanted to go somewhere I could come in and play.”

David Fizdale is a players’ coach. Guys love to play for Fizdale. Bobby Portis is going to be a fan favorite in New York. The energy and passion he plays with is something Knicks fans, and Fizdale for that matter, appreciate.

Portis played with the Bulls and Washington Wizards this past season. He averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from the 3-point line.

Expect Fizdale and Portis to get along very well in New York. They sort of have the same personality and fire when it comes to basketball.