Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr are happy to not work for the Knicks.
New York shot David Fizdale on Friday after a shameful 129-92 loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, pushing the team’s losing streak to eight straight games. In response to Fizdale’s departure, Popovich hit the Knicks.
“I don’t know where he decided to shoot coach Fizdale, but if he came from the top, it’s a case of mistaken identity,” Popovich (via the New York Post) said. “He’s a good, talented young coach with a lot of pedigree and it’s ridiculous to think you will be behaving like a young man and after a minute and a half you are waiting for him to correct all that was wrong there for a long time.
“That’s pretty unfair, it’s an old analogy, that was thrown under the bus and will come out of it because he’s a great coach.”
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The Knicks wanted to hire Kerr in 2014, but chose the Warriors. Three championships later, Kerr is happy with the decision he made five years ago.
“If I had gone to New York, it would have been me like three years ago. I know this well,” Kerr told reporters as he reacted to Fizdale’s departure. “That’s exactly the way it goes. I think I made the right choice.”
The Kerr Warriors (5-19) are the second worst team in the NBA this season ahead of the Knicks (4-18). Golden State lost Kevin Durant to free agency and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson suffered major injuries, so Kerr understands how quickly a coaching job can change.
“As we know in this business, it’s extremely fragile,” Kerr said. “Your job depends on a lot of things when you are coaching in this league. No. 1, probably the talent you are leading, but just as important, the power of the organization and the team around you. Really strong organization to help coaches and help players get through difficult times.
“I’m very blessed to have this team around me, I know it’s not every coach, it’s a tough league.”
Steve Kerr about David Fizdale’s roasting and the occasional if, in days like today, like this: What if he got the Knicks job instead of the Warriors? “That would be me three years ago.” Pic.twitter.com/W7Rrc3TTcF
– Anthony Slater (@ anhonyVslater) December 6, 2019
Fizdale – who was replaced by assistant coach Mike Miller on a temporary basis – was appointed in 2018 and leaves the Knicks with a 21-83 overall record.