Knicks Briefing: November 25

Fizdale returns to Memphis ... Marbury still a Knicks fan ... Courtney Lee close to returning

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1Fizdale returns to Memphis

David Fizdale returns to the city where he was fired (which worked out well for the Knicks). Fizdale was let go early into the 2017-18 season when a rift developed between himself and star player Marc Gasol.

Gasol said he has moved on and even gave Fizdale credit in his first interview on the subject since the time of the firing, “I’m a better player because of David. I can say that 100 percent. Even though last season was really tough for everyone, I’m a better player this year than I was last year and a lot had to do with him.”

Meanwhile, Fizdale looks back fondly at his time in Memphis, “I got a standing ovation in that building from a great fan base, and that’s the moment I’m going to remember, in the playoffs when we fought our butts off against the Spurs, and those guys being able to give me that moment as a young coach, and to share that moment with them. I’ll never forget that.”

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2Gasol recommended Fiz to KP

When Kristaps Porzingis asked Marc Gasol about David Fizdale, the fellow European star gave a glowing review, despite their tension.

“He asked me what I thought. I said, ‘He’s a great coach and you guys are going to do great with him.’”

A classy move by Gasol.

3Courtney Lee close to returning

Courtney Lee has been out of the Knicks lineup since training camp when he was fouled hard by Ron Baker in practice. He seemed on his way to returning before opening night, but then aggravated the injury in practice.

Of course, Knicks fans continue to speculate whether Lee (and his $12 million salary) will eventually be traded.

A few key dates to keep in mind 

  • December 5, when the Knicks need to make a roster move to keep Allonzo Trier in the NBA
  • December 15, when trade restrictions are lifted for players signed last summer (i.e. Mario Hezonja, Luke Kornet, and Noah Vonleh).

4Stephon Marbury admits to adding to his own pain

Stephon Marbury is still a Knicks fan after all of these years.

In an interview about the award with CNBC’s Beijing Inside China host, Eunice Yoon, the former Knick jokingly talked about the struggle of being a Knicks fan. After stating he believes one day the Knicks will “win the opportunity” to go to the playoffs, he discussed the struggle of being a Knicks fan.

“I’m still a Knicks fan, after all the nonsense I’ve been through, everything I’ve been through in my life with the Knicks, I’m still a New York fan.”

“LOOK, SEE, THIS IS WHAT WE GO THROUGH… I EVEN PUT US THROUGH IT (SMILING).”

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5On this Date

2012: Knicks hit 17-33 (.515) from downtown en route to a 121-100 matinee win over the Pistons at the Garden. Carmelo Anthony leads the way with 29 points while Steve Novak and Rasheed Wallace add 18 and 15 off the bench.

1946: The Knicks record first double-digit victory in team history with a 62-46 victory over the Pittsburgh Ironmen at Duquesne Gardens. Stan Stutz leads the way with 15 points (5-13 FG).