Dennis Smith Jr. wants Knicks players to take responsibility for David Fizdale’s dismissal
In the latest episode of the dumpster fire that is the New York Knicks, the worst team in the NBA relieved David Fizdale of his duties as head coach.
While speaking to reporters about Fizdale’s dismissal, third-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. urged his team to take responsibility for their fallen lead general.
“It’s tough. Especially from my perspective, you know, that’s a brother that lost his job. He’s out of work. So I definitely feel for him deeply,” Smith said, via ESPN.
“We didn’t want it to fall on him. We talked about that actually, like, we’ve got to start taking responsibility because he’ll stand up in front of y’all and take all the bullets for all of us. It’s not a hundred percent on him, so it was definitely tough.”
Fizdale definitely appears to be the fall guy for New York’s mishaps this season. The team fell to 4-18 on the season before the front office decided to part ways with Fiz. However, their record isn’t even shocking at all, as almost everybody expected the Knicks to be horrendous this season.
Apparently, however, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry didn’t share the same sentiments. Last month, the two spoke to the media regarding their concerns and disappointment in the team, adding that they had better expectations this season.
That particular press conference planted the seeds of an eventual Fizdale firing which, obviously, has now come to fruition.
At this point, it’s clear that the coach isn’t really the problem with the Knicks. No coach on the market can probably salvage whatever circus is going on in New York.
It’s a shame that promising young players like Dennis Smith Jr., RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson have to deal with the toxicity of the sorry franchise early in their careers.