The New York Knicks let David Fizdale go last week after an NBA worst 4-18 record. His replacement, interim head coach Mike Miller. The Knicks lost their opener with Miller at the helm but the team has bigger problems.
The executives for the New York Knicks have been very quiet. Steve Mills and Scott Perry haven’t addressed the media since the Fizdale firing. Could this awkward silence mean that one or both could be next on the chopping block?
Those two spoke to the media in November while laying the ‘framework’ to get rid of Fizdale. Since then, they have been seen at games but yet to speak on behalf of the firing or team in general. The only statement released about the Fizdale firing was through the Knicks public relations Twitter account.
Employee turnover for a sports franchise is never good. A team cannot constantly being firing coaches and executives and except the team to all a sudden become good. It takes time to build a winning franchise. However, the Knicks continue to disappoint. Firing people responsible is the only option.
Since Fizdale has been relived of his duties, the guy who could be next is Steve Mills. Perry would most likely stay as he is still new to the franchise. Well, so was Fizdale and look how that turned out.
You can’t fire the Knicks owner and selling the team doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon, so who’s next. The general manager would and should be the next to go.
The Knicks only had three successful seasons in the past two decades and that was when Mills left. They won 42 games in 2010-11, 36 in 2011-12 and 54 in 2012-13, making the playoffs in all 3. Since Mills returned, they’ve gotten worse every season and haven’t been back to the playoffs. The writing on the wall couldn’t be more clear.
Instead of chanting ‘Sell the team’, the fans need to be yelling ‘Fire Mills’ or ‘New Pres’! If the Knicks don’t get rid of Mills, nothing will change. Front office changes have to happen for this team to turn is around in the next decade.