Report: Jud Buechler finalizes contract to join Knicks as assistant

According to an NBA source, Jud Buechler, a member of the 72-win Bulls team of 1995-96, has finalized a contract to join Fizdale’s new coaching staff. Buechler was an assistant/developmental coach with the Lakers and had his hand in rookie Kyle Kuzma’s rising star.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

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Report: Pat Sullivan will join David Fizdale’s staff as an assistant

Los Angeles Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan will join David Fizdale’s staff as an assistant, per ESPN sources. Sullivan has coached with the Clippers for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he’d been an assistant in Washington, Detroit and with the then New Jersey Nets. Sullivan, a New Jersey native, coached in Detroit when Knicks GM Scott Perry was an executive with the club.

As a player, he was a part of three Final Four teams at North Carolina. He also was an assistant coach for three Final Four teams at UNC. Memphis assistant Keith Smart and Oklahoma City’s Royal Ivey have also agreed to join Fizdale’s staff.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

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Report: Knicks finalizing deal to hire Royal Ivey as assistant coach

New York City native and Oklahoma City assistant Royal Ivey is finalizing a deal with the Knicks to work on David Fizdale’s staff, league sources told ESPN.

Ivey had received interest from other teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, per sources, before closing in on the opportunity with the Knicks. Ivey played high school basketball at Cardozo HS in Queens under legendary high coach Ron Naclerio. He also played with the Atlanta Hawks when Fizdale was an assistant under Mike Woodson.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Eisley the only remaining (so far) from previous coaching staff

With David Fizdale bringing in his own staff, three Knicks assistants from last season – Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines and Dave Bliss – won’t return to the team, the Daily News has learned.

Coaching associate Pat Licursi is also gone, sources said.

Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.

via Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola, New York Daily News

Knicks in advanced talks with Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan about role with Fizdale

The Knicks are in advanced talks with Los Angeles Clippers assistant Pat Sullivan about an assistant role on David Fizdale’s staff, per ESPN sources. Sullivan has coached with the Clippers for the past two seasons.

Prior to that, he’d been an assistant in Washington, Detroit and with the then New Jersey Nets. Sullivan, a New Jersey native, coached in Detroit when Knicks GM Scott Perry was an executive with the club. As a player, he was a part of three Final Four teams at North Carolina. He also was an assistant coach for three Final Four teams at UNC. The Knicks are also in serious talks with Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, per sources, and are expected to add Memphis assistant Keith Smart as a top assistant to Fizdale.

via Ian Begley, ESPN


Jud Buechler in serious contention for assistant job

The Knicks are talking seriously with Lakers assistant Jud Buechler about joining new head coach David Fizdale’s staff as an assistant, per ESPN sources. Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers, where he worked in player development. A 12-year veteran, Buechler won three titles as a Chicago Bull for teams coached by ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson. Memphis assistant Keith Smart is also expected to be a top assistant under Fizdale.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Pat Delany another candidate for assistant coach job

David Bliss could stay with Knicks

David Bliss, for the second offseason in a row, could keep his player development job based on his relationship with Kristaps Porzingis.

When Hornacek and associate coach Kurt Rambis were fired at the Westchester Airport after landing from Cleveland in the wee hours of April 12, Hornacek’s other assistants — Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines, Eisley and David Bliss — were kept on until further notice There could be a scenario in which Bliss is also kept, since he was a Kristaps Porzingis favorite.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Get to know Nick Van Exel

It has been reported by Stefan Bondy that Van Exel will join Fizdale’s staff as an assistant coach.

Everyone knows Nick Van Exel the player, what about as a coach?

  • Head Coaching experience in G-League for Texas Legends (2015-16)
  • Played in Golden State when Fizdale was an assistant (2003-04)
  • Assistant coach to Fizdale in Memphis (2016-17)

Maxwell Ogden has an excellent write-up on Van Exel and how he could help the Knicks

Van Exel: “With [Fizdale], he coached me at Golden State. We had a pretty good relationship there. We’ve always kept in touch. Any time I would be in Atlanta, as a player, we spoke. Even as a coach, we spoke. Even when he went to Miami, we kept in contact and went out to eat a few times here and there. One thing I know about Coach Fizz is, he’s a winner. He’s been with Miami for a while, but he has a passion and a drive. I think he has a vision – a clear vision on what he wants to get done with these guys here. I like his vision.”

via NBA.com

Knicks talked to LeBron James’ agent about Fizdale

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry […] reach[ed] out to Rich Paul, [LeBron] James’ longtime agent and childhood friend from Akron, according to an NBA source.

Paul, the source said, gave Knicks brass the lowdown on Fizdale’s methods. Paul also represents Ben McLemore, a small forward whom Fizdale signed to play for Memphis last summer. However, Fizdale, 43, got fired during McLemore’s first season there.

Interestingly, Paul will also represent Miles Bridges, the Michigan State small forward the Knicks will consider if they stick at No. 9 in next month’s NBA draft.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Jay Wright preferred Villanova to Knicks

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 you’re not interested, I just don’t want to leave,” Wright told The Post on Tuesday. “It’s the Knicks. You love the Garden, you love New York City, you love the Knicks. I just know I don’t want to leave Villanova.”

via Zach Braziller, New York Post

Vorkunov on Fizdale

An NBA head coaching position is a political job. There is the tactical work and the player development and in-game maneuvering, and all that is important. But the job demands subtlety and personality and prestige, too. There are stars to woo and franchise players to mollify. There is a team to coach; and a front office and owner to manage up.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Fizdale is not teflon. His handling of Marc Gasol left him without a job last November. The relationship was rocky, according to reports and confirmed by league sources. Fizdale was not blameless. He brought up his time with the Heat and how it worked during his championship days there, which wore on his audience. He diminished Gasol’s international accomplishments with Spain’s national team. That Gasol was close to Grizzlies owner Robert Pera likely did not help his cause.

via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Fizdale always looking to improve; Owns up to mistakes

Former Nets guard and Grizzlies radio announcer, Elliot Perry, gleams about Fizdale:

“He’s always searching on how you can get better,’’ Perry said. “You think every coach searches, but he’s always searching for that information. We can play this way, but if it doesn’t work, we can make those adjustments. How can we get better, even if it’s marginally better, even if it’s one step, what does that look like?’’

“The biggest asset is when he makes a mistake, he owns up to the mistake,’’ Perry said. “You will see it a number of times in his press conferences. When something happens during a game that was his fault, he will say it’s his fault and he’ll have to get better. That’s unusual for coaches. You’ll find out he’s a tremendous communicator and will not run from problems.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdale interested in challenge of Knicks; Operates outside the margin

Former Nets guard and Grizzlies radio announcer, Elliot Perry, talks about why Fizdale was excited to take the Knicks job:

“We’ve texted back and forth, and when I was congratulating him on the job, one thing interesting he said was the challenge of it all interested him,’’ Perry told The Post. “He knows it’s going to be a challenging, tough job. He’s a guy who’s up for the challenge of being in New York, being in the big city, being on the stage.

“That’s the one thing I mentioned to him. You’re never off stage in New York as head coach. You’re not always on the stage in Memphis. He wanted the challenge. He thinks there’s talent there. He thought it was a good fit.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Perry continues:

“I think it’s a good move,’’ Perry said. “But it depends on what an organization wants. Do you want a coach that really can think outside the margins? He operates outside the margin. Fizdale is not a traditional coach. He communicates with his players — at times to make players uncomfortable.’’

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdale brings Pat Riley style back to NY

Marc Berman (New York Post) interviewed Brevin Knight (Grizzlies announcer) about David Fizdale. Knight mentioned how Fizdale copies a lot of things from Pat Riley.

You’ll see a lot of little control things that mimic Riley,’’ Knight said. “Things on the walls he’ll change, messages to bring a winning-a-championship mindset to put on the wall. And he’ll always talk of those little things we did in Miami and won. He’s adopted a lot of Rileyisms.’’

via Marc Berman, New York Post