Knicks rookie RJ Barrett speaks on David Fizdale firing
New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett has given his sentiments regarding the team’s decision to fire head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart.
Barrett, the third-overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, thanked his former coaches for everything that they have done for him as he started his young career with the Knicks.
“I appreciate everything coach Fizdale and coach (Keith) Smart have done for me,” Barrett shared, per Coby Green of SNY.TV. “They were the first ones to give me a chance in the league so I appreciate them. I spoke to coach Fizdale. Wished me the best.”
Rumors of the Knicks’ plan to fire Fizdale came out a couple of weeks ago, but after the team’s eighth-straight loss, they have decided that it was time to make some changes. Mike Miller has been appointed as the team’s interim head coach, thoug he suffered his first defeat on Saturday after the Knicks bowed down to the Indiana Pacers 104-103.
Barrett was also asked if he had any idea on whether the Knicks’ front office had other reasons for firing Fizdale, but the 19-year-old refused to give any details.
“Oh that’s private. I can’t talk about what management told me,” he shared.
It is unclear if Miller will be the team’s head coach for the remainder of the season, but one thing is for sure: Knicks fans will have to continue to endure the franchise’s mediocrity since it seems that it is where they are headed once again.
The Knicks currently have the worst record in the league at 4-19. However, they will have the chance to at least get a win, considering that two of their next three games will be against fellow cellar-dwelling teams: the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and the Sacramento Kings on Friday.