David Fizdale knows what it’s like to be hated around the NBA. He’s looking forward to making the league hate the New York Knicks.
David Fizdale is trying to build something big with the New York Knicks. The charismatic head coach exudes positivity, but he’s hoping that eventually the rest of the NBA will think about the Knicks negatively.
In a sit-down interview with MSG’s Alan Hahn, Fizdale talked about how he misses being hated. While an assistant coach with the Miami Heat, Fizdale experienced true hatred from the rest of the league.
“I can’t wait. I miss being hated,” Fizdale said. “And once we get this thing right, everybody’s gonna hate us, because it’s New York. They already hate us anyway.”
Everyone hates New York. That’s no secret. However, for the most part, no one hates the Knicks because they’ve been irrelevant for so long.
If the summer goes according to plan, the Knicks will be hated. Team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have their sights set on major free agents. Should New York land two players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, or Kawhi Leonard, there’s no doubt they’ll become a villainous team.
Furthermore, Knicks fans are some of the most passionate fans in all of sports. It’s not difficult to imagine the gloating Knicks fans will do if Fizdale manages to right the ship and lead a championship contender.
Knicks fans have salivated over that thought for too long. Fizdale’s enthusiasm and energy certainly should have the fan base excited.