Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

After back-to-back blowout losses, Knicks fire Fizdale

After back-to-back blowout losses, Knicks fire Fizdale

Fizdale ran practice earlier in the day but was then fired along with assistant Keith Smart.

Will Barton scored 17 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 129-92 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Fizdale's 21-83 record gave him the worst winning percentage (.202) in franchise history.

Last month, Mills and general manager Scott Perry held an impromptu news conference after another loss to make their displeasure with the team's performance clear.

The Knicks separated from David Fizdale, according to ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fizdale came to NY with a ton of promise but was only able to muster up a 21-83 record with the Knicks, the lowest win percentage of any coach in franchise history. Mills said he and Perry weren't happy with how things were going, saying they expected the Knicks to be better.

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Mitchell Robinson had 17 points and Marcus Morris Sr. and Bobby Portis each added 10 for NY. The Knicks have been one of the worst franchises in sports since, with just a single playoff series victory and a current stretch of six straight losing seasons.

The Knicks host IN on Saturday, then begin a four-game trip Tuesday IN Portland.

Fizdale was sacked less than 24 hours removed from a 37-point loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden.

After not lasting two seasons in his last job with the Grizzlies, Fizdale chose the Knicks job in 2018 over several other offers - including Atlanta, Charlotte and Phoenix. He led the National Basketball Association G League franchise to a 108-92 (.540) record and was the league's coach of the year in 2017-18.

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