New York Knicks president of basketball operations Steve Mills could also see his job put in jeopardy after the team's disappointing 2-8 start. A recent press conference between Mills and general manager Scott Perry made it clear head coach David Fizdale is coaching for his job, though that is only partly true, as everyone involved now could be as well.
“Everyone's on notice,” a source close to the team told SNY's Ian Begley.
Fizdale has won a mere 19 games since getting the job in 2018, all while losing 73 — which makes for a dismal 20.6 winning percentage.
Though Mills doesn't stack up much better than the young coach as he has a 165-337 (32.9 winning percentage) record during his tenure in the front office, including 48-126 (27.6%) since taking the job over from Phil Jackson in 2017.
Perry was brought over from the Sacramento Kings by Mills prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 season, hopeful he would help navigate the franchise with a newly-rebuilt front office. That simply hasn't been the case.
If Fizdale is fired during the season, it's unlikely that the duo of Mills and Perry are allowed to hire another full-time coach, instead forced to rely on an interim one until the end of the season. That brass duo will have some explaining to do at season's end, which could very well come at the risk of their own jobs.
The front office is by no means immune from this scathing start to the season, and if things don't turn around, there could be wholesale changes in New York before the summer of 2020 rolls around.