The New York Knicks fired David Fizdale as head coach on Friday, ending an experiment that lasted a year and a couple of months.
The Knicks stunk during Fizdale’s short tenure as coach, going 21-83. That much is true. So, on the surface, New York’s decision to can Fizdale looks sound.
Except it’s not.
Here is the thing: the Knicks stunk before Fizdale got there.
After all, this is a franchise that has not made the playoffs since 2013 and has made just four playoff appearances since 2002 overall. And during that span, New York has won one postseason series.
But somehow, this is all Fizdale’s fault, right? It has nothing to do with executives Steve Mills and Scott Perry automatically assuming that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would sign this past summer and then scuttling and signing whatever free agents were left after Irving and Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets?