It’s fair to say that through 50 games this season, David Fizdale has been the topic of discussion in Knicks fandom. There are days when I feel like I am Fiz’s biggest cheerleader:
Then there are other days where I look at our performance and just feel:
In Part I of this discussion, I decided to consult with our Knicks Film School professors (writers) to answer the quintessential question: Fizdale Makes Me Feel?:
Like I’m cheering for someone who has no intention of winning. I’m still cheering and praying really hard that he will show he knows how to use his players and win meaningful games next season. We can totally let this season slide and that’s the best part about it. So far, Fizdale is showing lots of passion and emotion on the sideline. I love that! I expect that to continue next season with a set rotation as well as a real game plan. Right now he is working with what he’s got and the goal is to play well every single day. I have to accept this and constantly remind myself this is what it is and he is doing what he knows he has to do. Next season will be the real test.
Like I have at the beginning of every relationship I’ve ever been in: filled with hope, eating every word like a bowl of chocolate ice cream, but with the sneaking suspicion it’s all lies and that the hammer is going to come down when I least suspect it. It always did…and then I met my wife. Fizdale’s hair isn’t as nice as hers, but I’m still hopeful a similar result can transpire.
Frustrated. I want him to succeed so bad, but we don’t have any kind of offensive structure and that worries me. I also understand that this season was going to be rough, which makes me not want to judge him too hard.
Like rebuilding is a very difficult job to do in NYC. Our team is the rawest in the league – a combination of rooks and reclamation projects. The roster was always going to be limited no matter who was the coach. I’ve seen a combination of success, loss (tank) management, and inconsistency all year. In my opinion. that was always the deal for this season. Development isn’t limited to just players and I believe Fiz is learning on the job too. There’s a method to his madness.
Like I’m a hypocrite. I’m patient with Frank, yet Fiz is also just a sophomore (151 games as HC). With young players I cling to potential, yet with Fiz I find myself thinking he’s better as an assistant coach. I see his current weaknesses – X’s & O’s, rotations, etc. – as permanent flaws while paying no mind to his strengths.
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