Report: Knicks held players-only meeting before David Fizdale was fired
The New York Knicks held a players-only meeting before the firing of head coach David Fizdale, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The meeting was largely led by veteran Marcus Morris prior to Friday’s practice. The Knicks players talked about how the group had to play harder with Fizdale’s job on the line.
It didn’t matter in the end, though, as the Knicks fired Fizdale after Friday’s practice ended.
NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports on the Knicks players-only meeting hours before the firing of David Fizdale and hiring of Mike Miller as interim coach. Video on that and more: pic.twitter.com/wEZQL8nrTH
— Stadium (@Stadium) December 6, 2019
New York is 4-18 on the season. They have the worst record in the East.
Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressed the media for several minutes before Fizdale’s press conference following the team’s home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 10. Mills said he and Perry weren’t happy with how things were going, saying they expected the Knicks to be better.
It appears Fizdale was the fall guy in New York, even though guys like RJ Barrett, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson have publicly showed their support for Fizdale.
At this point, it probably doesn’t matter who is coaching the Knicks. Their roster just isn’t good enough to compete, and it doesn’t help that James Dolan is universally recognized as the worst owner in the NBA.