Knicks expected to name Fizdale as new head coach

David Fizdale

David Fizdale's first coaching gig came in Memphis. | Brandon Dill AP

Fizdale, 43, had been considered a top candidate for the Knicks' gig along with former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and former Cavaliers coach David Blatt.

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Fizdale, 43, went 50-51 in parts of two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies but was sacked after just 19 games and a 7-12 start this past campaign. We give you 3 options for the Knicks to draft as they attempt to rebuild without LeBron or retool for another Finals run.

The Knicks will hope he will have the same effect on their young team, which has missed the playoffs the past five seasons and could struggle again next season while All-Star Kristaps Porzingis recovers from a torn knee ligament.

The Knicks agreed to hire Fizdale on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the details said.

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Per that report, Fizdale "was New York's primary target from the start of the search process".

Head coach hirings are nothing new to NY. "[Fizdale] knows the game, is relatable, a contemporary and has coached great players and has a championship pedigree [with the Heat]". While the Knicks still have some work to do before they are back contending, they should be excited about having Fizdale on the sidelines for a multitude of reasons. Fizdale has been described as a players' coach who is well respected around the league, and when he was unceremoniously fired by the Grizzlies, several National Basketball Association stars came to his defense.

For New York, this is the signaling of a new era of sorts.

Porzingis, 22, is the future of the Knicks.

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