What are Knicks getting in David Fizdale?

Then-Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the

David Fizdale hired as Knicks' head coach: report

But it's an interesting development for the Knicks and James' imminent free agency - most notably because NY now has Fizdale, a coach who spent four years with LeBron as an assistant with the Miami Heat during their 2010-14 Big Three era.

As many as ten candidates were reportedly interviewed for the job, including former Golden State Warriors coach and Knicks guard Mark Jackson, former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, short-lived Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Toronto Raptors G-League coach Jerry Stackhouse, and TNT analyst Kenny Smith.

He was previously the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He earned a playoff berth in his only full season as a head coach with the Grizzlies in 2016-17 but was sacked year after starting 7-12.

The 43-year-old has been working in the National Basketball Association since 2003, mostly as an assistant with the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.

While it's unlikely NY will return to the playoffs at first, Fizdale is one of the most promising coaches in the league. The Knicks have missed the playoffs for five straight seasons. "He'll be able to turn them around and make them respectable".

It was reported earlier Thursday that the Knicks were "zeroing in" on Fizdale, and now the two sides have agreed to team up. Their hypothetical pitch rests mostly on the legacy of NY basketball, the brightness of their stage and the opportunity for LeBron to remake a once-great, now-moribund franchise. "[Fizdale] knows the game, is relatable, a contemporary and has coached great players and has a championship pedigree [with the Heat]".

Porzingis, 22, is the future of the Knicks.

Nothing in NY is more important than Fizdale establishing a solid rapport and working relationship with Porzingis.

Mills and Perry appear intent to completely uproot the culture that has hampered the Knicks for the last two decades. That would be enough to sign James but also would mean the team would lack the salary-cap space to re-sign Kristaps Porzingis.

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