David Fizdale Rumors
Morris says he also valued his family and the close proximity to his hometown Philadelphia as part of the reasons he chose New York. Morris spoke to Knicks coach David Fizdale and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich during the process. “Pop and I had a long conversation about everything, not just basketball,” Morris told The Athletic. “I have a lot of love for that organization and the opportunity they were giving me to put on a Spurs jersey. That was part of my process. He was the only coach I spoke to besides coach Fiz. “Playing close to home, being from Philly, I get to see my family a lot.”
Vince Carter, 42, has said that he plans to play one more season and then will retire. Could those plans include signing with the Knicks this summer? Carter has spoken highly of Knicks head coach David Fizdale, and gave signing with New York serious consideration last summer, per SNY sources. Carter chose to sign with the young Hawks instead.
“We laid out a plan when (GM) Scott (Perry) came on board and then (coach) David (Fizdale) joined us that we were going to build this team the right way,” Mills said. “We were going to draft well and we were going to be diligent about how we build this team and not take any short cuts and not follow a path. We believe (Barrett and second-round pick Ignas Brazdeikis) are a part of that process, the young guys we added over the last two years and the draft picks we acquired.”
Barring an unforeseen change, Westchester Knicks G League coach Mike Miller will join David Fizdale’s staff next season, per SNY sources. Miller was named G League coach of the year in 2017-18. Assistant Howard Eisley left the Knicks recently to join Juwan Howard’s staff at Michigan, creating an opening on staff.
Miller joins a staff that includes Keith Smart, Kaleb Canales, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey. New York prides itself on the player development acumen on the coaching staff. Ivey was a key player development coach in Oklahoma City and remains so in New York. According to SNY sources, several teams with assistant coaching vacancies have expressed interest in Ivey. It is unknown if Ivey interviewed with any teams. New York would need to grant permission for teams to interview Ivey.