Taj Gibson says ‘guys loved’ David Fizdale, who teared up while saying goodbye to Knicks
New York Knicks veteran power forward Taj Gibson says players on the team loved ex-coach David Fizdale.
Gibson says he was able to say goodbye to Fizdale on Friday, who was crying.
Taj Gibson says was one of few players still around yesterday when Fizdale got axe. Hugged him. Saw him tear up but said Fiz still motivating him to end. “Guys loved him,” Gibson said.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 7, 2019
Fizdale coached the Knicks at practice on Friday and told reporters he wasn’t worried about his job security. A few hours later, Fizdale was fired by the top brass. Life sure does come at you fast when you’re in the NBA.
After missing out on stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency, the Knicks used their cap space on Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Gibson, Marcus Morris, Wayne Ellington, Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock. That’s a lot of power forwards on one team and guys who don’t really move the needle.
How was Fizdale supposed to win games with the roster he had this season? Fizdale was the fall guy in New York. RJ Barrett, Bobby Portis and Gibson showed their support for Fizdale multiple times, so it is clear the players liked and enjoyed playing for him.
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.
New York has the worst record in the East.