In David Fizdale's first go-around as a head coach in the NBA, he didn't see eye-to-eye with a European star.
Once Fizdale was announced as the Knicks head coach, the narrative quickly shifted to wondering if it would be any different for Fizdale with Kristaps Porzingis than it was with Marc Gasol.
At the NBA Combine, Fizdale discussed just how he'll begin to build a relationship with the Knicks star.
"Step-by-step. I won't skip a step," Fizdale said on ESPN's Draft Combine Show. "I'll spend a ton of time with he and his family. I want to hear their experience and what they see going forward for Kristaps and how I can interject and help him in any way become what I think he can be, which is an MVP-caliber player. Part of that goes along with winning. And I know that's what he's ready to do."
Fizdale will be the fourth head coach for the 22-year-old Porzingis, who is recovering from a torn ACL. Porzingis played for Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis and Hornacek in his first three seasons in the league. In 48 games before his season-ending injury, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds en route to his first All-Star selection.
"I want to make sure that they see, from my standpoint, that we're connected, that the vision is the same, that we want the same culture," Fizdale said. "And that we all have the same thing in mind, which is eventually holding the trophy in New York."