UPDATE: The New York Knicks have officially fired head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart. Mike Miller will take over as interim coach.
Statement from the New York Knicks. pic.twitter.com/Gy7wCiv9ml— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) December 6, 2019
The New York Knicks have fired head coach David Fizdale, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks are also letting go of assistant coach Keith Smart, per Woj. The Knicks are last in the Eastern Conference at 4-18 and have the second-worst record in the NBA overall. Fizdale was brought in last season and finishes his short career in New York with a 21-83 record overall. Woof. Reports are saying things reached a boiling point after Thursday night’s loss to the Nuggets.
The Knicks were unable to land any big free agents this offseason, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who both signed with crosstown rivals the Brooklyn Nets. Fizdale was supposed to be able to recruit some of those high-profile names, along with the prospect of landing Zion Williamson. Neither ended up happening and now the Knicks are in search of another head coach.
You can’t entirely blame Fizdale. This roster is awful and the Knicks didn’t do much in the offseason to improve it. They brought in forwards like Julius Randle, Marcus Morris and Taj Gibson, and still don’t really have a working point guard with Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. The only bright spot so far is RJ Barrett, who is having a decent rookie season, but that’s about it.
It’s unclear who will come in to replace Fizdale, but it’s been a revolving door since, ahhh, Jeff Van Gundy left? I think that’s right.
The next Knicks coach will be their 13th in the last 18 years.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 6, 2019
Here’s some idea of who may replace Fizdale, per Woj and ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Knicks assistants Mike Miller and Pat Sullivan are candidates to become interim head coach, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2019
You’ll recognize one of those names. Mike Miller, who won two NBA Championships with the Miami Heat when LeBron James was in town. Miller was also Rookie of the Year in 2000-01 and played 17 seasons in the NBA before retiring.
UPDATE: Miller is going to be named interim head coach, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Knicks are naming assistant Mike Miller as the interim head coach, per league sources.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 6, 2019
Shams is also reporting the Knicks are promoting G League coach and former NBA guard Keith Bogans to an assistant under Miller.
The Knicks are promoting former NBA veteran Keith Bogans from the G League coaching staff to NBA head coaching staff under interim Mike Miller, per sources. https://t.co/ZxUM147H1C— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 6, 2019
UPDATE: Shams is also reporting that Knicks players had a players-only meeting hours before the firing of Fizdale.