Who would likely take over interim job if David Fizdale is fired this season
A couple of weeks ago, rumors started to circulate about the New York Knicks’ plans to replace head coach David Fizdale since the team has the worst record in the league once again. And now that they have lost seven straight games, those speculations have started to gain more traction.
According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, if the Knicks will decide to fire Fizdale sometime this season, it’s possible that one of the members of his coaching staff will be promoted as interim head coach.
According to a league source, if the Knicks make an in-season coaching move, one of two assistants – Mike Miller or Pat Sullivan – would likely be promoted. Miller coached the Knicks G League affiliate. Coincidentally, assistant coaches Keith Smart and Kaleb Canales each have head coaching experience. Royal Ivey, who drew interest around the league over the summer, and Jud Buechler would not be under consideration.
Prior to the start of the season, the Knicks were poised to turn their fortunes around. They were positioned to have one of the top three picks in the draft and they had enough cap space to sign two superstars to max deals.
However, their top free-agent targets from last offseason, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. And although they got RJ Barrett with the third overall pick, the Duke University product is having an up-and-down season, which is expected from most rookies.
A lot of people actually believe that the Knicks are just using Fizdale as a scapegoat for the front office’s incompetence to build a good team. Over the past couple of years, fans have been calling out team owner James Dolan to sell the franchise, as they strongly believe that he’s the main reason why the Knicks have become the NBA’s laughingstock for the past decade.
But Dolan insisted that he has no plans to sell the team. So do not be surprised if they ultimately decide to part ways with Fizdale.