In talking to ESPN, Fizdale did not mince words when describing the player he wants with the Knicks: long and tough.
David Fizdale to @GetUpESPN on the type of player he's looking for w/NYK: "Long and tough. But he's gotta have an edge to him. I don't want soft guys here. I don't want cupcakes. I want guys that have an edge to them, that enjoy defending. That get joy out of locking teams down."
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 12, 2018
Fizdale sending a message to the current players on the Knicks roster is doing early work to set the precedent. The Memphis Grizzlies fired Fizdale after just a few games last season, a move that puzzled many people. After further dissection, it was locker room issues that may have potentially lead to Fizdale’s firing, namely from star center Marc Gasol. The two reportedly did not have a great relationship.