[Fizdale and Spoelstra’s relationship is] not unlike what a former Knicks head coach once had with a former head coach of the Miami Heat two decades ago. Jeff Van Gundy and Pat Riley also went through battles together in the early ’90s as they resurrected the Knicks franchise. Along the way Van Gundy was learning from the master.
And eventually it was time to for teacher and pupil to battle against each other and, well, let’s just say that relationship changed a little.
“If you meet in the playoffs enough you’ll get sideways,” Van Gundy said on Saturday. “It’s a natural phenomenon.”