Details of Fizdale’s Summer Workout Routine

Trey Burke describes the voluntary workouts he has been participating in with David Fizdale and a group of Knicks that includes Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks, and Luke Kornet.

As transcribed by Ian Begley:

“We’ll lift first—if we’re not lifting, we’ll hit the track with Bar (trainer Mubarak Malik) and Shimon (Ishakawa).”

“After that we’ll hit the court. Stretch.”

“Then [Fizdale] has us doing all of our finishes, he has us doing all of the stuff with footwork. We’ll literally be there for the first 45 minutes of the workout. We’ll literally be in there for almost an hour just focusing on layups. Just focusing on getting our feet right and shots in the paint, in the middle, fundamentally sound things.”

“And then we’ll move into concepts. He’ll have us doing drills to where this guy slides to the corner and I’m going baseline and I’m hitting him and I have to back out into three. That guy at the top of the key. He has to do something and then we’ll have to rotate. But it’s fast. You have to use your mind. Mentally you have to be locked in.”

“We’ll go from that then we’ll go into something defensive. Our defensive concepts are totally different than what they were last year. So it’s new to all of us. Just learning to get on the same page defensively because we weren’t doing these things last year. Their system is different than what we saw 6-7 months ago.”

“And then by the end of practice, he’ll probably have us doing something competitive where it’s like, two dribbles one on one. Or he’ll have us to one dribble one on one where it’s like guys are just out there lining each other up. And you really have to use the stuff we were just working on to get a good shot off. And everybody’s getting evaluated and that’s the fun part.”

Fizdale is working with young Knicks on finishing around the rim

[A group of Mudiay, Ntilikina, Burke, Kornet, Hicks, Williams, and Dotson] has used the time to get into a gym, playing competitive games and working on skills development. One drill Fizdale instituted has been to teach the players how to finish around the rim — a subtle art the Knicks struggled with last season. They finished 17th in the NBA in field goal percentage at the rim in 2017-18, according to Cleaning The Glass. Ntilikina was in the 34th percentile in field goal percentage at the rim, Dotson in the 42nd, and Mudiay in the 55th percentile — a jump from the woeful, bottom-fifth success he had in Denver.

“We’re doing stuff we were pretty weak at last year as a team and individuals,” Mudiay said Saturday in between sessions of a skills camp for children held at NBPA headquarters as part of Go Hoop Day. “Finishing around the basket. We do some containing drills 1-on-1. Stuff like that.”


via Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic

Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox will join “Fiz Kids” in summer workouts with Fizdale

Even the Knicks never worked out Mitchell Robinson, who will start training with coach David Fizdale at the Knicks’ Tarrytown headquarters. Robinson will join other “Fiz Kids” — Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Emmanuel Mudiay and Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet.


via Marc Berman, New York Post

Fizdale holds first workout; Beasley works out in same facility

Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Troy Williams, Damyean Dotson and Isaiah Hicks all participated in a group workout in front of new Knicks coach David Fizdale earlier this week, per a league source. Also in the gym that day? Michael Beasley, who will be a free agent this summer. Beasley, per a source, was just working out at the facility and didn’t participate in the group workout. It’s not unusual for players in New York to work out at the team facility but it’s noteworthy in this case because the Knicks have a new coach.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Fizdale to conduct first workout with Knicks on Monday

Ntilikina, 19, flew in from France on Sunday after spending the past 5 ½ weeks in his homeland. According to an NBA source, Fizdale will conduct his first informal workout with players Monday as the Knicks three young point guards — Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — will be on hand.

Also on hand will be Damyean Dotson, their 2017 second-round pick, and Troy Williams, who played for Fizdale in Memphis.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Locked on Knicks report cards for Mudiay and Troy Williams

How Fizdale once got Troy Williams going

David Fizdale coached Troy Williams in Memphis for a short period of time. Williams recalls how Fiz motivated him in a game against the Warriors.

“He made me mad,’’ Williams said in a phone interview. “He thought I wasn’t playing hard. He told me on the way to the huddle I was scared and didn’t look like I wanted to play. I ended up playing a lot better. It was one the highlights of my rookie year.’’

Williams finished the night with 11 points in 19 minutes as Memphis routed the Warriors. Williams threw down a resounding fast-break dunk in the second half that gave Memphis its biggest lead at 30 points.

“After the game, he said he knows I’m not a scared player,’’ Williams said. “He felt he had to get me going. He didn’t mean anything by it.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post