Roughly a month after getting fired by the Knicks, David Fizdale opened up about his time there, the future of RJ Barrett, and why a rebuild is so tough to do in New York.
Saying he has no "ill feelings" toward the Knicks, Fizdale said he "learned a ton" from the experience over the last two seasons.
"That's the business we've chosen," Fizdale said Wednesday during an appearance on the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN Radio. "I respect those guys greatly. I miss the hell out of them."
After a disastrous 2018-19 season and a 2019-20 season where the Knicks opened 4-18, Fizdale was fired and replaced by Mike Miller on an interim basis. Since Miller has taken over, the Knicks have gone 6-9.
On the idea of doing a full rebuild in New York, Fizdale said that what they're trying to do is easier to pull off in smaller markets.
"I think when you're taking about a rebuild with the Knicks, the toughest part about New York and Madison Square Garden is just the patience level," Fizdale explained. "It's a team that has struggled for a long time and fans really want to get it going as soon as possible. And it's unique from that standpoint because there's other places where you can take your time more and build a little more slowly. But in Madison Square Garden, it's a tough environment and the media market surrounding the team and scrutiny that's around that -- it can really put a lot of pressure on people in that building."
Saying that "it's just a matter of time before it comes together" for the Knicks, Fizdale also heaped praise on Barrett.
"I really think he was built for New York City," he said.
"He is not easily rattled," Fizdale added. "His work ethic is second to none."