David Fizdale feels he will be 'fresh start' for Kristaps Porzingis

David Fizdale feels he will be 'fresh start' for Kristaps Porzingis

The Memphis Grizzlies stunned the National Basketball Association by firing David Fizdale just 19 games into the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season after the team started 7-12, but he rebounded by taking over the vacant head coaching position in NY.

Porzingis has had his share of issues with the Knicks, but he anticipates being a fresh start for the talented big man.

Fizdale is hoping to learn from that situation and use it to become a better coach with the players in NY. "They just know I'm a heckuva guy and a good coach".

That being said, Fizdale isn't ready to talk about recruiting the King to NY, at least not yet.

Fizdale is the ninth Knicks head coach since the start of the 2002-03 season. I just felt like I don't want to look back on my life and say I didn't take this chance.

"I'm still kind of floating from it", Fizdale said.

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The Knicks cited Fizdale's leadership, experience and expertise in player development in a news release announcing the hiring.

"I'm so sad he's hurt, " Fizdale said.

At Tuesday's Garden press conference, Fizdale admitted he arrived in Memphis "too much with guns blazing".

The club interviewed 11 candidates for the coaching vacancy that was created when Jeff Hornacek was sacked. The Grizzlies had made the playoffs the six prior seasons with Gasol as their superstar.

Beyond the losing, Fizdale's poor relationship with All-Star center Marc Gasol played a significant role in his dismissal. He confirmed that he plans to travel to Porzingis' home country of Latvia to meet with the 22-year-old. "And just for whatever reason we bumped heads on some things", he said.

"He's the future of the NBA", Fizdale said. "I probably should've done more research and spent more time to getting to know the person, knowing what ticks and what doesn't tick and how to get through to him". I've got to connect with these guys, get to know them with their families in their space. "He fits all the qualities of a megastar and a guy who can really propel a franchise forward to high places". He is eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension this summer. The franchise is hopeful that Fizdale will have more staying power than Porzingis' previous coaches. When you join a historic organization and a city that really takes so much pride in their team, to be received the way I was yesterday - that really makes you feel good. "(Emmanuel) Mudiay has kind of been discarded a little bit because it didn't work out in the first place he went to - but he's still a No. 5 pick with a ton of talent".

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