David Fizdale has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN. Fizdale met with Knicks owner James Dolan on Thursday in New York, who then gave his approval to president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry to enter into contract negotiations with Fizdale, league sources said.
Fizdale had chosen the organization as much as it had chosen him. He had reportedly turned down the Suns and was a candidate for other openings this hiring season. New York, with its historical luster, appealed to him. That nearly a dozen others have heard those sirens before him, only to be shipwrecked and millions richer in unemployment, did not chase him away. “The risk/reward thing was I just said to hell with it,” Fizdale said. “It’s the Knicks. What are we talking about here? To have an opportunity not just to coach this franchise but to be part of a rebuild that gets this place back to long-term winning, I couldn’t pass that up. I just felt like I don’t want to look back on my life and say I didn’t take this chance. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out but I know I’m going to get to work.”
Mike Vorkunov: David Fizdale: “I used to tell my mom I was going to play in the mecca — I would play in the Garden one day — when I was a little kid. Ma, I didn’t get to do that.” His mom, sitting front row: “That’s alright.” Fizdale: “I’m gonna coach though.”