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David Fizdale reacts to Richard Jefferson’s Knicks joke

David Fizdale, Knicks, Richard Jefferson

New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale had a rather terse response to some comments made by Richard Jefferson over the weekend.

Jefferson said during Sunday’s broadcast of Knicks versus Brooklyn Nets that he decided to retire when the Knicks were the only team that offered him a contract. Fizdale, however, did not think much of it.

Fizdale later elaborated on the Knicks being the subject of constant trolling, saying that he was merely focused on building chemistry with the current roster.

“People can say whatever they want to say. All I know is I’m proud to be a part of this thing with these guys that I’m working with,” Fizdale said when asked about the Knicks being the subject of a joke (via Ian Begley of SNY.tv).

The Knicks fell to 4-13 after losing to the Nets on Sunday. They are not the strongest team defensively, but they have an even harder time scoring the ball. New York ranks 29th in offensive rating and 27th in pace, according to Basketball-Reference.

Fizdale — who is in his second year as head coach of the Knicks — has faced some internal pressure. ESPN reported that team president Steve Mills was rumored to be “laying the groundwork” for Fizdale’s dismissal.

While there may be some frustration in terms of Fizdale’s personnel decisions, like playing Dennis Smith Jr. just 15 minutes per game, it seems trivial for the front office to place blame.

This is the same group that traded Kristaps Porzingis in order to free up a second max cap slot in free agency, then failed to sign a single marquee free agent.

Nevertheless, Fizdale is tuning out the noise as he tries to bring the current group together.