David Fizdale is reportedly returning to ESPN.
Fizdale was hired by the Knicks in May 2018. He went 21-83 overall. New York posted a league-worst 17-65 record last season and began this season 4-18 before Fizdale's firing.
ESPN also provided a soft place for Fizdale to land when the Memphis Grizzlies fired him in November 2017 after a 7-12 start to the 2017-18 campaign. He addressed that while on ESPN's The Jump a month later:
Fizdale had more success with the Grizzlies than the Knicks. He went 43-39 and made the postseason as a first-year head coach in 2016-17 and posted a 50-51 overall record in Memphis.
"I think it stinks. I think he's a phenomenal coach. Yes, he is a great friend of mine. But someone gave me a piece of information he just happened to work for the two franchises who have had the most coaching changes in the last 12 years since I’ve been a coach here than anyone in the league. That speaks for itself.
"They hired him to do a job. It takes time to build culture and build something—what we’ve done, as well. It takes time and a great deal of stability from the people you work for—which I’m so grateful to have here. I just think it stinks."
Fizdale, according to Begley, will act as a studio analyst across ESPN shows that cover the NBA.
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