After 22 games of the 2019-20 season, the New York Knicks decided to pull the plug on head coach David Fizdale. The Knicks struggled mightily under Fizdale who finishes with a 21-83 (.202) record as the team’s mentor. New York has not made the playoffs the past six seasons which begs the question, “Now what?”
The Knicks might want to start by putting together the building blocks for a future roster. The problem for New York is that they should have done this months ago. On Dec. 15, the Knicks can trade any player signed during the most recent free agent period.
That means guys like Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, and more can go. Randle has been a huge disappointment but the Knicks guaranteed his salary through 2020-21 so he might not be going anywhere. Marcus Morris is having a great year, but his $15 million salary makes him less trade-worthy.
Somehow, the Knicks need to find a way to dump a few veterans and start stockpiling draft picks. It’s the only way to build a championship roster.
Upper Management Changes
With Fizdale gone, the Knicks need to take a long hard look at president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry. The pair is responsible for the Kristaps Porzingis trade that netted Dennis Smith Jr., a disappointing Randle, two first-round picks, and a 4-18 record so far this season.
The Knicks haven’t been relevant since the late 1990s. They lost in the NBA Finals in 1999 and the following year lost in the Eastern Conference finals to Indiana. To get back to that level, the Knicks might need to make a change at the top.
Next Head Coach
Along with changes at the top, the Knicks need to find a quality head coach. Former Knicks player and Golden State head coach Mark Jackson could be one. Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse is another. Whoever it is, the Knicks need someone with the ability to turn the franchise around.