Knicks Morning News (2018.05.09)

  • [NY Newsday] David Fizdale’s biggest success is admitting his failure
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:29:34 PM)

    From the outside, it certainly didn’t look very good.

  • [NY Newsday] Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, Shaquille O’Neal, John Starks like Knicks’ hiring of David Fizdale
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:03:08 PM)

    Former NBA stars Walt Frazier, Shaquille O’Neal and John Starks approve of the Knicks hiring David Fizdale as their new head coach.

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley says MSG security footage will exonerate him
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:44:40 PM)

    Charles Oakley said Tuesday that Madison Square Garden security footage from his 2017 altercation with security guards exonerates him and will be presented to a judge during a hearing in his civil lawsuit against MSG executive chairman and chief executive officer James Dolan.

  • [NY Newsday] David Fizdale the centerpiece of Knicks’ long-term approach
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 3:31:00 PM)

    “This is quite humbling to be sitting here today with you guys,” David Fizdale said. “I’m so honored to be the head coach of the New York Knicks.”

  • [ESPN] Fizdale likes challenge Knicks present
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 1:33:47 PM)

    David Fizdale said he chose the Knicks because he likes the challenge of building a sustained winner in New York.

  • [NYDN] Knicks introduce David Fizdale as new head coach
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:39:29 PM)

    The Knicks on Tuesday introduced David Fizdale as their new heach coach.

  • [NYDN] Knicks front office, owner must give David Fizdale room to coach
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:35:45 PM)

    David Fizdale has a tough job ahead of him.

  • [NYDN] Steve Mills reveals Knicks prefer a wing player in NBA draft
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:24:07 PM)

    Steve Mills provided the first glimpse of what the Knicks are hoping to achieve in the draft next month.

  • [NYDN] Rick Brunson’s attorney refutes misconduct allegations
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4:05:36 PM)

    Brunson’s attorney vehemently denied allegations that the former Knicks guard had improper conduct toward women.

  • [NYDN] Charles Oakley: Security video from MSG will ‘be trouble for NBA’
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 11:04:59 AM)

    Charles Oakley said there is security tape from Madison Square Garden the night he was escorted and banned that proves he did nothing wrong.

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale must get on New York’s good side — and quick
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:42:04 PM)

    David Fizdale was standing outside of the entrance to Madison Square Garden under a marquee that announced his arrival. “Welcome David Fizdale, New York Knicks Head Coach,” it read in lights. As photographers clicked their cameras and Fizdale posed with a basketball, a pot-bellied passerby offered his quick assessment. “Good luck. You’ll need it,” he…

  • [NYPost] Knicks still have draft sights on Carmelo Anthony replacement
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:36:33 PM)

    Jeff Hornacek is gone, but his draft night views are not. Last month, Hornacek said he would like to see the Knicks select a small forward with their lottery pick as they’ve yet to fill the void left by Carmelo Anthony. Knicks president Steve Mills suggested the same thing Tuesday on MSG Network — with…

  • [NYPost] Knicks veteran senses Fizdale quality Hornacek never had
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:58:24 PM)

    Center Kyle O’Quinn did nothing to dispel the notion the Knicks have hired a head coach who will have a stronger connection to the players than Jeff Hornacek did. That was a requirement mandated by team management. It’s unclear if O’Quinn will ever play for new coach David Fizdale, as he has an opt-out clause…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale’s first Knicks priority already painfully obvious
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:00:13 PM)

    Back in September, when Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry flanked then-coach Jeff Hornacek, a prime topic discussed with the media was how the team would develop a “contagious” defensive mindset. That was what they said. Either somebody lied or the team never got the memo. So Tuesday at the Garden,…

  • [NYPost] Knicks fans have seen smooth talkers like David Fizdale before
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:17:15 PM)

    Please forgive us if we’re a tad cynical about all this, if maybe we felt more than a subtle twinge of déjà vu. Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry met the media and spoke of the interview process to find the one perfect coaching human to transform Madison Square Garden from a basketball…

  • [NYPost] David Fizdale shrugs off Knicks’ point-guard glut with one word
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:11:27 PM)

    Among the bazillion and a half topics David Fizdale was asked to discuss at his Knicks introductory press conference at the Garden on Tuesday was the subject of the team’s three young point guards… “Guards,” he said. OK, so… “Guards,” Fizdale said with even more emphasis. Don’t think point guards or shooting guards or off-guards…

  • [NYPost] Clyde Frazier thinks Knicks’ Porzingis nightmare will come true
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:05:41 PM)

    Get ready for a full season without Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks fans, Walt “Clyde” Frazier predicts. The legendary Knick isn’t expecting to see the 7-foot-3 Latvian on the floor after tearing the ACL in his left knee Feb. 6 and undergoing surgery a week later. “I don’t see him playing next year,” the MSG Network analyst…

  • [NYPost] Charles Oakley: Fracas video will show Knicks owner is lying
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:04:19 PM)

    Knick great Charles Oakley branded team owner James Dolan a liar on Tuesday, and claimed a security tape from the night he was dragged out of the Garden — with the video soon to go public — will back up his claims. Dolan had Oakley thrown out of the Garden during a Knicks game in…

  • [NYPost] Why Villanova’s Jay Wright took a pass on Knicks interview
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 12:22:34 PM)

    Jay Wright gave the Knicks the Seinfeld “it’s not you, it’s me” line. When the Villanova coach’s agent, Carl Hirsch, told him the Knicks had expressed interest in talking to him about their then-vacant head-coaching position, Wright was flattered. However, he told his agent to tell the Knicks thanks, but no thanks. “It’s not that…

  • [NYPost] Pat Riley had a pivotal role in getting Fizdale to Knicks
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 12:03:26 PM)

    Former Knicks chief Pat Riley doesn’t normally like to help the Garden, but made an exception for David Fizdale. Knicks president Steve Mills checked with Fizdale’s best reference — Riley — and the former Knicks coach gave his old team a lot of assurances Fizdale’s problems with the Grizzlies were an aberration. During Tuesday’s introductory…

  • [NYPost] How David Fizdale turned Marc Gasol feud into selling point
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 8:08:07 AM)

    New Knicks coach David Fizdale, in his introductory press conference Tuesday, acknowledged he messed up with Grizzlies star Marc Gasol and guaranteed it won’t happen again. Fizdale said he has spoken to leadership gurus in various industries since the Gasol feud spoiled his only head-coaching stint, leading to his November dismissal, early in his second…

  • [NYPost] Knicks unwrap David Fizdale, who’s going to work
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:24:23 AM)

    The Knicks not only introduced a new head coach Tuesday, they introduced their power structure. At a ceremony at the Garden, the Knicks formally welcomed David Fizdale as their new coach, who emphasized he is not in this alone. Being flanked by president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry, Fizdale praised his new bosses and…

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Playoffs: Rockets and Warriors Both Head to Conference Finals
    (Wednesday, May 09, 2018 4:52:55 AM)

    With easy wins over the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans, Houston and Golden State will now face off to decide the West.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: This Was Supposed to Be the Raptors’ Year. What Now?
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4:51:13 PM)

    They had the best record in the Eastern Conference and a new approach designed for playoff success. Enter LeBron James.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jay Wright turned down Knicks interview to stay at Villanova
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 11:28:55 PM)

    Jay Wright turned down a possible interview opportunity with the Knicks because he wanted to remain in his current role as head coach of Villanova.

  • [SNY Knicks] Charles Oakley anticipates release of video footage from ejection
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 8:51:42 PM)

    Former Knick Charles Oakley is still not happy about being thrown out of The Garden last year, but he is looking forward to the moment when the general public can see video footage of the incident.

  • [SNY Knicks] Unlike Hornacek, Fizdale will hold Knicks players accountable
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:45:57 PM)

    Holding guys accountable is essential when you have a young roster like the Knicks do.

  • [SNY Knicks] Walt Frazier doesn’t think Kristaps Porzingis will play next season
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:15:57 PM)

    Count Knicks legend and current broadcaster Walt Frazier among those who don’t think Kristaps Porzingis will play next season after tearing his ACL.

  • [SNY Knicks] Five thoughts on Fizdale and his chances of changing the Knicks’ culture
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4:15:12 PM)

    Only time will tell if Fizdale will survive long enough to come close to his lofty goal.

  • [SNY Knicks] Trey Burke excited for fresh start under David Fizdale
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 1:15:53 PM)

    Trey Burke anticipates a healthy battle for the starting point guard spot under new coach David Fizdale.

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale says players like Porzingis are future of the NBA
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 1:30:18 PM)

    David Fizdale has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him now that he’s officially been introduced as the new coach of the Knicks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Mills, Perry explain why Fizdale is the right man for Knicks job
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 12:45:37 PM)

    “One of his strongest qualities is his perseverance,” Perry said. “We believe that quality will transfer to our players moving forward.”

  • [SNY Knicks] Fizdale on challenge of coaching Knicks: ‘I’ve never been afraid’
    (Tuesday, May 08, 2018 11:45:04 AM)

    “I don’t want to look back on my life and say I didn’t take this chance,” Fizdale said.