Knicks agree to deal with Fizdale to be new coach

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The Knicks have a new head coach.

Fizdale led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season as a head coach in 2017, but was sacked in November after a clash with the team's star. The contract is a four-year deal.

The Knicks agreed to hire Fizdale on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the details said. But Fizdale is well-respected and liked by players around the league.

After the Grizzlies lost 96-82 in Game 2 of the first round to the San Antonio Spurs, Fizdale was not happy about what he believed was biased officiating in favor of the Spurs and legendary head coach Gregg Popovich.

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Fizdale also was linked to the coaching vacancies with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns, a job since filled. What prompted NY to choose the former Memphis Grizzlies coach over the rest of the pack will be something the front office will address in his introductory press conference.

Even though Wallace and the Grizzlies' front office attempted to portray the Fizdale firing as the organization heading in a different direction, it was no secret that his tumultuous relationship with center Marc Gasol was beyond fix.

The Knicks, led by general manager Scott Perry and president Steve Mills, interviewed a total of 11 candidates for the head coaching position.

They went 60-104 in two seasons under Hornacek, who was sacked last month at the conclusion of the Knicks' 29-53 campaign. Following the Grizzlies' 7-12 start in the 2017-18 campaign, Fizdale was sacked by the organization.