New York Knicks head coach, Fizdale, to be the ‘fall guy’

The New York Knicks will be looking for a new head coach sooner rather than later.  After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team president and general manager hinted at a coaching change.

This comes to no surprise considering the Knicks are 2-8 and not playing to their potential.  The entire roster has new players that should make the team competitive.  The Knicks have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of but the bad outweigh the good in this scenario.

David Fizdale is being held responsible for this disaster start of the season.  His decisions throughout the first 10 games have fans scratching their heads. Fizdale has untimely substitutions that ruin the flow of the game and inconsistent lineups.  Their defense is atrocious and they are constantly out-rebounded.

There seems to be no fire or energy with this Knicks team.  Coach Fizdale had more energy when the team won 17-games as compared to this season.

Marcus Morris said that Fizdale puts them in the right position to win.  Maybe lose is more like it.  It doesn’t seem like those comments hold true with how this team is playing.

Someone needs to be the scapegoat for this terrible start.  Unfortunately, Fizdale is going to be it.

The New York Knicks need to change something quick.  There is no excuse for how they’ve been playing with their talent.  It’s the coaches job to get the players up for the games and make necessary changes when things aren’t going the right way.  In this case, a coaching change could be wants needed.

With Fizdale coaching every minute for his job now, expect to see a little more fire in him.  He will try to correct the numerous flaws in this team quickly to save his job.

New York Knicks brass expresses serious concern in conference, coaching staff running out of time

New York Knicks, Scott Perry, Steve Mills

The New York Knicks fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the back of a porous defensive performance 108-87. The Knicks trailed for the entire game, going down 31-19 after just one-quarter of play.

After the contest concluded, the Knicks brass held a press conference to express their concern over the state of the team and how poor they have played thus far. Just ten games into the season, there’s still plenty of time to turn things around, but it will take a significant effort to get them on track, especially with head coach David Fizdale fiddling with the starting lineup like a child and a bowl of puddy.

During Fizdale’s post-game press conference, Steve Mills and Scott Perry walked in to answer the call:

“We still believe in our coaching staff,” Mills said. “We’re not happy where we are right now.”

There have been plenty of arguments to justify the firing of Fizdale, who can’t seem to piece together a consistent starting unit. Whether it be the combination of players or their individual lack of quality, it ultimately lands on the head coach and his efforts.

Scott Perry stated:

“I think it’s the lack of consistency. We gotta be consistent in all areas.”

After signing numerous veteran free agents to supplement the loss of Kristaps Porzingis and provide rookie RJ Barrett with plenty of support, the expectations for the Knicks were far more optimistic than their recent performances. At some point, the Knicks will need to come together and string together several good performances.

Where are the New York Knicks struggling?

As of late, the team’s defense seems to be their weak point, as Fizdale continues to try and enforce his ideology on established players. Reports of the Knicks head coach trying to change Julius Randle’s style of play have risen concern, considering how Randle has been used in the past (a primarily offensive player).

Building a scheme around his best players should be the priority, but it seems adapting to his style is more pressing.

The New York Knicks lack a lot more than just production, where’s the grit?

New York Knicks, David Fizdale, Julius Randle

The New York Knicks start to the NBA regular season has been troublesome. With two of their point guards, Elfrid Payton (hamstring injury) and Dennis Smith Jr. (death of stepmother) being sidelined, Knicks and head coach David Fizdale look to others on the roster to step up and light a spark for the team.

The last two 20-point blowout losses against the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks entered the game looking like they have already been defeated. We see a team that looks disoriented and in dire need of leadership. Lack of energy and careless control of the basketball on the court have been the reasoning behind these blowout defeats. Without point guards in the rotation to help on the offensive side of the court, Knicks look like they are stuck in the mud.

But there are some positives to come out of these devastating losses. Frank Ntilikina has been playing strong defense and shown improvements in his passing and shooting abilities. Coming off an exceptional performance in the FIBA world cup, New York fans have high hopes that this would finally be the year Ntilikina would take that leap forward. Being the only active, healthy point guard on the roster currently, Ntilikina has been taking advantage of the opportunity to showcase his improved skills on the court. With a high work rate and effort, there is hope for Ntilikina, but still, a great room of improvement left for his offensive ability.

Wednesday night’s 122-102 defeat to the Detroit Pistons should be something to worry about for New York Knicks fans. Pistons entered the game facing similar issues as the Knicks, having both point guards Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson be out for the game. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to get out of three-game losing skid and gain some confidence. But this game was very one-sided by the end of the game.

Regardless of having their second scoring leader and best assist per game leader Derrick Rose, the Detroit Pistons offense looked efficient. The Knicks found themselves bing down by double digits in the 4th and hoped this would be another game they would fight back late, but they never found a grove. With poor decisions on offense and lackluster defense, the Pistons finished the game strong and extended the Knicks losing streak to 4. The Pistons who the same as the Knicks were missing two point guards, finished the game with 37 assists, 13 more assists than the Knicks 24.

The Knicks’ lack of energy and movement on both sides of the floor is something coach David Fizdale should address with the team. The Inability to knock down easy free throws and to control the ball are fundamentals that this team should already be versed in.

In desperate need for some more veteran leadership, the Knicks will continue to struggle all year until they find a spark to lift the energy of this team. There is enough talent on the Knicks to compete with the league’s best, but they need to play with that New York grit and tough mentality we all know they are capable of. If nothing changes and their struggles continue, then they will find themselves in May praying for the lottery to fall in their favor once again.

New York Knicks: The “Fire Fizdale Rants” don’t make any sense

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks don’t need any more rants, just wins:

Many New York Knick fans are becoming impatient with the losing efforts. Fingers are beginning to point at head coach David Fizdale. Fizdale admits to having difficulty finding the right group of guys to mesh.

Knicks are closing in on ten games into the regular season and fans seem to have plenty of anger stored up for the Knicks head coach after a painful 1-6 start. Three of the six losses were each by a margin of fewer than ten points. If plays down the stretch of these games were executed, there’s a possibility the record could be 4-3.

However, unfamiliar personnel mixed with injuries to Elfrid Payton and floor spacer Reggie Bullock doesn’t make things easier. Damyean Dotson is still slowly but surely working his way back into basketball-shape fresh off of his shoulder rehab. Knick point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is on a leave of absence mourning the loss of his stepmother.

Dennis Smith Jr. is a very important part of the roster because he was actually the projected starter coming out of training camp until he strained his lower back before the season even started.

Frank Ntilikina is the only healthy point-guard available and RJ Barrett is leading all rookies in minutes played. Fans aren’t even grasping the fact the Knicks aren’t 100% at the moment. Not only are injuries and personal situations players like Dennis Smith Jr. and Reggie Bullock are going through taking its toll on the depth, but certain styles Fizdale wants to try are also restricted until all personnel is available at one time.

Fans must give this season some time as the Knicks figure out which personnel play well together. Fans must give the players time to practice together and digest bad basketball in the Knicks film room for improvement on the court.

The New York Knicks need last year’s Fizdale back

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks are not the same team from last year.  The Knicks finished with an NBA worst 17-65 record in 2018-19.  Despite the worst record, there is lot more hope and optimism in this year’s team.

The Knicks added several new players that would be the ‘right’ fit for this year’s team.  Those players were thought to thrive under the tutelage of the well-respected ‘players coach’ David Fizdale.

When the Knicks won their 17th game last season at Garden faithful saw Fizdale being the teams biggest cheerleader.  He was jumping up-and-down, running up the sidelines as if it was a playoff game.

This year, however, is a completely different story.  The Knicks don’t have that fiery coach on the side this season.  Some fans already expressed frustration with his coaching this season.  However, sources around the team have confirmed that it’s too early for a coaching change.

The coach sets the tone for the team.  Despite the league’s worst record last season, the fire from Fizdale was still present.  He was showing that he was a player’s coach.  Fizdale just didn’t have the talent last season to perform.  This season is different.

There’s 10 new players and higher expectations, especially with the future of their franchise, RJ Barrett.  Since there’s new expectations, Fizdale has appeared to change his coaching demeanor.  There’s little fire like we saw last year and he’s trying to be more professional, sometimes over-coaching.

Marcus Morris defended his coach saying that Fizdale ‘puts them in the best position to win’.  He continued, “He’s been nothing but a great coach for us.”  While that may be the case for the players, the Knicks are still 1-6.  This coaching style may not be working currently for the New York Knicks.

The Knicks get down on themselves when the shots aren’t falling.  It’s the coaches responsibility to pick the team back up.  This team of ‘dogs’, currently poodles, could respond well to that fire from their leader.

Will the Knicks feature Ignas Brazdeikis more moving forward?

New York Knicks, Ignas Brazdeikis

As the New York Knicks progressed towards another disappointing loss on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, one rookie managed to squeeze in his debut among the madness.

The Knicks are not a very good team as they try yo re-work their chemistry and develop a potent offense. The veteran free agents have failed to make a significant impact as head coach David Fizdale insists they change their games to fit his mold.

Julius Randle is an excellent example of a quality player who Fizdale has focused on to restructure his style of play. Fiz has made defense a priority for Randle, who is a primarily offensive player. Wanting any player to increase their defensive efficiency is a good thing, but changing a mentality and unraveling muscle memory takes months, if not years. Building around your players’ skills is the better ideology and something that the Knicks’ head coach seems to avoid.

How did the New York Knicks rookie look in his debut?

Ignas started with aggressiveness, driving to the rim, and picking up a foul. He hit both of his free throws. Shortly after, he attempted to kick the ball out to the perimeter but was intercepted. Overall, it was a short sequence of events that showed the Michigan product’s strengths and weaknesses.

Brazdeikis is a capable scorer that can be efficient from the floor, he’s also a lefty, which brings a different element to the Knicks’ offensive approach. I anticipate he will continue to garner more playing time as the season progresses, and the Knick continue to falter.

“It felt good,’’ Brazdeikis told The Post regarding the cheers. “At the end of day, we lost — which isn’t good. Actually playing, I haven’t played in a while so being out there felt really good.”

When asked about the team’s current stated and their progression, he said:

“We definitely have great vets and great players on the team’’ Brazdeikis said. “I’m keeping my head down and working. That’s all I’m focusing on. Because I’m not playing, I have an opportunity to get better with extra workouts [with coaches], lifting and getting stronger. In the long run, it will help me.’’

The Knicks are once again proving they can’t utilize players like Julius Randle

New York Knicks, Julius Randle

The New York Knicks have all the talent to be a successful and competitive team during the 2019 season. Still, head coach David Fizdale has failed to utilize his players in an efficient way to elevate scoring production.

New free agent signing, Julius Randle, average 21.4 points per game last season, but has only averaged 13.4 points in his first seven games with the Knicks. His field-goal percentage has plummeted from .524 to .418. Also, his free-throw rate dropped from .731 and 2018 to .607.

While this is a small sample size, all of his statistics seem to be down except for assists, Where Fizdale has preached to move the ball consistently and open up shots for other players. The Knicks have also been keen on developing their defensive abilities and having Randle participate more in that category. Randle has generally been an offensive player for the majority of his career, so being asked to play defense is a bit concerning.

“It’s a lot that we’re asking of him,” David Fizdale said last week. “(Previously in his) career all he’s been asked to do – for the most part – is score. And so now he’s juggling (the additional responsibilities) and trying to figure it out. And I think step-by-step, he’ll get there.”

You can easily justify the reality that Randle is still building chemistry with his new team. It will take him time to adapt and learn the tendencies of his teammates, especially when playing with young players like RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, and big man, Mitchell Robinson. He will enter Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons shooting 42% from the floor and hitting just one of 18 shots from beyond the arch.

When looking at Randle, you can see that his shots simply aren’t falling. Something he hasn’t experienced in recent years with the pelicans. It will take him time to regain his form and put up consistent performances, but the Knicks know what he can become and will eventually be for the organization.

Patience is the key moving forward, as head coach David Fizdale stated that it will take him time to learn the defensive tendencies of his scheme and how to defend appropriately against opposing teams.

“He hasn’t seen (defenses) running two and three people at him before. It’s just a matter of him learning how to play against those defenses and understanding how to attack them,” Fizdale said on Sunday before the Knicks’ loss to the Kings.

Randle has played a significant part in the Knicks’ 1-6 start to the season, but at some point, the team will fall into place and perform as a cohesive unit. However, that time could be quite some time away.

This New York Knicks team is not who we thought they were

New York Knicks, David Fizdale, Julius Randle

The New York Knicks have started the 2019-20 NBA season 1-6.  There was a lot of optimism surrounding this squad at begin the season.  They made moves to help them compete and continue developing their young talent this year.

However, fans were hopeful that those players, Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, etc., were going to help the Knicks compete.  It’s even crazy to believe that some thought the Knicks could be a playoff team.  Yes, myself included, believed that if the Knicks played to their potential they could sneak into the playoffs.

The new Knicks players did a lot of talking this off-season about being ‘dogs’ and ‘picking up their man for 94-feet’.  Despite, all of that talk, they went back to being the same old Knicks.

The old Knicks get down on themselves way-too-easily.  They take bad shots in crunch time, have careless fouls and passes and get dominated rebounding.  A lot of that has to do with coaching.

Head coach David Fizdale is now coaching for his job.  He mentioned after last night’s blowout to the Sacramento Kings that some players are “doing too much.”  On the contrary,  Fizdale is the one doing too much.  He continues to have head-scratching coaching decisions that make fans want to pull their hair out.

Fizdale think players are “doing too much” because that is now how he coaches the New York Knicks.  He created that culture around this team.  They played together like a team for a few games then go back to isolation and one-on-one basketball.

He also has unnecessary substitutions in times that don’t require them.  Case-in-point, the Orlando Magic game.  Kevin Knox had the hot hand in the second half as the Knicks were back in the game.  Fizdale decides to sub Morris in for Knox and basically lost the game.  That was the tipping point already.

A coaching change could come soon.  This Knicks team was suppose to be complete different and competitive, they are anything but that.  These games have been unwatchable at points.  Something needs to change already in this young 2019-20 season for the Knicks and it starts with the head coach.

Knicks: David Fizdale could be mismanaging RJ Barrett, overplaying an issue?

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks suffered a blowout loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, losing 113-92 on the backs of De’Aron Fox and Buddy Hield, combining for 46 points on the night. Once again, David Fizdale’s team fell behind early and failed to compete defensively.

The Knicks are now sitting at 1-6 on the season, well below their expectations. However, struggles were anticipated considering the injection of veterans into the starting lineup. Their lack of chemistry has been on display this season, so far, and Fizdale hasn’t done much to motivate his team.

Changing around the point guard position and overplaying rookie, RJ Barrett, seems to be the priority for Fizdale, who’s in his second year as head coach for the Knicks. He shot back at reporters on Sunday after he was questioned on playing Barrett in garbage time.

“We got to get off this load-management crap,’’ Fizdale said. “Latrell Sprewell averaged 42 minutes for a season. This kid is 19. Drop it already.’’

Barrett is averaging 37 minutes per game, allowing him to develop quickly and gain momentum. However, an argument can be made that the rookie could be playing too much, which could make him susceptible to injury or fatigue. RJ reassured reporters that he’s only 19, and if he couldn’t handle a full workload, he would tell coach Fizdale.

What is New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale trying to do with RJ Barrett?

Fizdale’s goal is to increase Barrett’s stamina, which would allow him to play deep into games without worrying about severe fatigue. While this method can have consequences, I don’t see a problem in the ideology that Fizdale is promoting. The veterans have been interchangeable thus far, averaging about 25 minutes per game, nowhere close to Barrett’s 37.

The rookie has started the year with a bang, earning a .441 field goal percentage and .391 percentage from downtown. He also averages 3.3 assists per game, which is a statistic Fizdale has utilized, having Barrett slot in at the point guard position.

I don’t expect the Knicks coach to temper Barrett’s workload in the upcoming games, and at this point in his career, that’s not a bad thing.

Can Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina ever be a quality starting point guard?

New York Knicks, Frank Ntilikina

With Elfrid Payton missing time with a sore hamstring, the New York Knicks and head coach David Fizdale will roll with third-year man, Frank Ntilikina. The Frenchman started in the loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, despite his team falling in disappointing fashion, 104-102.

Ntilikina finished the night with 10 points and two assists, but his defensive abilities were on par late in the game to slow down Kemba Walker. The Celtics point guard still logged 33 points and five assists on the night.

The New York Knicks still need him to develop his offense:

Frank’s weakness remains his offensive production and inability to put up points in tough situations. That reality hasn’t convinced Fizdale to keep him on the bench, though, as experimenting with RJ Barrett at point guard didn’t go as anticipated for Fiz.

Dealing with adversity has been a constant for Ntilikina during his young career. Being benched and overlooked last season to playing just 18 seconds against the Celtics last Saturday, he could finally be developing some upward trending momentum.

“Frank is really playing good basketball for us,” Fizdale said Saturday. “I’m just really proud of the way that he stayed with it and his confidence is growing every day.

“He’s doing exactly what I’m asking. He’s pushing the ball. He’s getting us into our stuff. He’s really defending, obviously. He’s being very vocal, which has been another step for him, using his voice. We’re going to just keep trying to grow him, keep him in a good place.”

Fizdale did hit on a perspective that most don’t understand. The transition from France to playing in the United States, especially in New York. Being inserted into one of the most hostile sports environment takes time to learn and adapt to.

“He’s still a baby, man. I think everything feels like forever here in New York,” Fizdale said. “Frank is a young kid from another country, had to go through that whole adjustment of figuring it out, his teammates, figuring out New York City, America, everything. It’s finally where he’s starting to get comfortable and being able to just play basketball without thinking about all of that other stuff.