Welcome to the not-so-exclusive club of former Knicks coaches, David Fizdale. You have plenty of company.
Fizdale was relieved of his duties on Friday, fired early in his second season after a disastrous start and a 21-83 record as Knicks coach, The Post’s Marc Berman confirmed. Assistant coach Keith Smart was also axed.
ESPN.com reported assistants Mike Miller and Pat Sullivan are candidates to be the interim head coach.
The writing has been on the wall for a while, ever since president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held an impromptu press conference following an ugly loss to the Cavaliers at the Garden on Nov. 11. The Knicks curiously allowed Fizdale to run practice on Friday morning and speak to the press not long before the decision.
“I don’t think about that stuff. I don’t think about it at all. I go into – every day is I come in here,” Fizdale said, not long before he was fired.
After Thursday night’s 37-point loss to the Nuggets, Fizdale called the performance “sickening,” an apt description for this season, with the Knicks a ghastly 4-18. It came just three days after a 44-point loss to the Bucks. His .201 winning percentage goes down as the worst of any coach in franchise history.
When Fizdale was hired, his skills as a player developer and communicator were lauded. There was belief he would change the culture. Instead, the Knicks kept losing and he couldn’t even reach the All-Star break of his second season here before getting the axe.
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