David Fizdale invites Rasheed Wallace to Knicks practice
With the New York Knicks off to a poor start to the season, new head coach David Fizdale is pulling out all the stops to help his team stay motivated. His latest move is to bring in former NBA champion Rasheed Wallace to help in the development of the team’s young bigs.
As reported by Howie Kussoy of the New York Post, Fizdale has tapped Wallace, who himself played a handful of games for the Knicks during his final year in the NBA.
“I just thought he’d be great to have him come visit with our big guys. He’s a technician from an understanding fundamentals standpoint, understanding the big-man position,” Fizdale said. “I just think he’s a great voice to have in the gym, a nice change of voice. He’s a guy that could help Mitchell understand how to use his voice.”
As it turns out, David Fizdale has a very specific objective in mind in bringing Rasheed Wallace on. It is to work with his prized rookie Mitchell Robinson, who has turned out to be quite a promising big man for the team.
Robinson was drafted by the Knicks 36th overall in last June’s draft. He made his first start for the team on Friday against no less than the defending champions Golden State Warriors. Despite the 28-point defeat, the 7-foot big man was a bright spot for the team as he put up seven points, six rebounds, and two steals in 29 minutes of action.
Mitchell is still a work in progress, but it is obvious that Fizdale sees a lot of potential in the 20-year-old. Bringing in a four-time All-Star in the form of Wallace might prove to be the push the rookie needs to bring his game to the next level.