Fizdale is poised to become the Knicks' 11th coach since the 2001-02 season.
Fresh off being hired by the New York Knicks to be their new head coach, David Fizdale is already putting in the work to turn around a long fledgling organization. Get the app and get the game.
While he will be out until midway through next season, the All-Star center is the man the Knicks have to build their future around and ESPN reported Fizdale will travel to Latvia to meet the 22-year-old in the near future. Following the Grizzlies' 7-12 start in the 2017-18 campaign, Fizdale was sacked by the organization.
As well as NY, he interviewed with the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns in recent weeks.
When the Memphis Grizzlies chose to fire Fizdale, James expressed his frustration and offered some encouraging words to the Knicks coach.
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He will have a tall order - bringing the Knicks back to respectability. He took them to a 43-39 record during the 2016-17 season and reached the Western Conference playoffs. Before he became the official replacement for Jeff Hornacek, there is a growing belief that James would join the team that would hire Fizdale.
Time will tell whether Fizdale's arrival marks a turning point in the Knicks', and James' NBA respective histories.
"He's a brilliant basketball mind that has exceptional, gold-standard level communication skills", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said recently.
Though the Knicks have David Fizdale, their current roster is not in any way better than the Cavaliers right now. Many a coach has seen his career nosedive at Madison Square Garden.