David Fizdale has not won a lot of games this season with his coach, but his biggest win could be won in July if he scores the win by leaving the park to recruit independent players.
"Everyone is on deck – It's a great summer for us," said the Knicks coach on Friday when asked about his role as an independent agent on "The Michael Kay Show" on the ESPN radio.
"At the end of the day, [president] Steve [Mills] and [GM] Scott [Perry] manages this agreement and my job is to help them in any way possible. The best way to help is to have a vision from the coach's perspective for each type of contact I plan to use with your strategy, how to integrate into the system and how others around you will fit in, and give them a security for who they are going to play. "
Although Fizdale was not an outstanding coach at the 17-65 shame that equaled the franchise's record for futility, his ability to sell positivity throughout his career deserved an Oscar. After finishing Wednesday night in another loss to Detroit, Fizdale was asked what he had to sell free agents.
"These are the Knicks," replied Fizdale. "In the same way, they've had me. These are the Knicks, man. I really feel in the league – and I really hear people when they talk about us – I think people are really excited about how we build that. "
In the Kay show, Fizdale deepened the idea by adding, "Everyone I spoke to welcomed the work we have done. They do not watch, "Oh, you did not win this year." The people of the NBA know that you are doing things right. We have received extreme praise for the harshness of children, the way we treat people and players in the organization. This held back more than any team. People will want to be here now, knowing that we are doing things right. "
Kristaps Porzingis, one of the young stars of the NBA, did not think so. Fizdale confirmed that the 7-foot-3 Latvian wanted to leave, but refused to reveal why. The Knicks have not played in the playoffs for six years and have not won a championship in 46 years.
"I was surprised – I was," Fizdale said of Porlezis' alleged commercial demand. "I really felt that everything was fine. He and I communicated a lot. He was very involved in our processes and filming sessions and practices – which was difficult for him. [being injured]. I was really surprised. It's the NBA. Your plans do not go exactly as you wish. But I marveled at Steve and Scott kept the ship moving and came out with a lot. "
The blockbuster has opened two maximum salary slots, which has revived forecasts. Durant, Kevin Durant will team up with Kyrie Irving, a guy from Jersey. Durant does not seem to have felt accepted in Golden State and he can become a New York savior, even by simply taking up the challenge that LeBron James let slip.
But first, the Knicks have the May 14 draft lottery in Chicago to adopt. The Knicks, as well as the Suns and Cavaliers, each have a 14% chance of winning the first choice and Zion Williamson of Duke. Patrick Ewing will be preparing for the Knicks, but that will not stop Fizdale from trying to collect as much karma as possible.
"I have some rituals to do to get that choice," said Fizdale. "It would be a very good thing, but I think we'll have a really good draft, which is another piece of the puzzle, you have hope. [But] Whoever it is, we will have a new talent that will add to the pot. I do not want to go to a place, fall in love with a guy and be disappointed. "
When asked for his latest message, Fizdale, who was not made available to the media on Thursday, said, "Be prepared, Knicks fans, we are improving. It will be a much better season next year. "