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Knicks coach says David Fizdale’s team still needs to find an identity

David Fizdale, Knicks

There are several questions surrounding the 2019-20 iteration of the New York Knicks, ranging from leadership to playing time, to perhaps the most important of them all — a sense of identity. An NBA coach told SNY’s Ian Begley he’s curious to see if the Knicks find that identity with coach David Fizdale, also hoping the coach gets a fair chance to prove himself with this roster.

“With the Knicks, you’re also thinking, ‘What’s their identity? How do they want to play?,” the coach said. “You look at Brooklyn (over the last few seasons) and they had a plan and a style. They shot threes, they played fast, they defended. I didn’t know the Knicks’ identity last year. And in general, you just hope that (Fizdale) gets a fair shot. I don’t know if their other recent coaches got a fair shot. You just hope that he’s part of the plan and that the team fits who he is as a coach.”

Fizdale will have a myriad of questions, trapped between winning after receiving several starting-caliber players in the summer, and developing his young players like RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox — two expected to be pillars for this team going forward. Couple that with finding playing time for his players and Fizdale already has his hands full entering his third full year as a head coach.

The Knicks however, must find a way to develop an identity and build off it regardless of the results, hoping to have forge a sense of playing style by the middle of the season, a canvas they can use through the course of their 2019-20 campaign.