David Fizdale, who is one of the Knicks' head-coaching candidates, has one endorsement that says he will be great with whoever decides to employ him next season.
Before becoming the head coach of the Grizzlies, Fizdale spent eight seasons with the Heat after his stint in Atlanta. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra met Fizdale in 2006, and kept him on his staff once he got the head job in 2008.
Spolestra had nothing but praises for one of his "best friends" when asked what he brings to the table for any team looking for a new head coach next season.
"Fiz is a great fit anywhere," Spoelstra told ESPN's Ian Begley. "He's a brilliant basketball mind that has exceptional, gold-standard level communication skills. He's one of my best friends. But I say that objectively. I just think he's one of the most talented coaches I've been around. I feel very grateful that we had an opportunity to work together for so long. I just, I hope he goes West (laughs). That's the kind of respect I have for him. I don't want him going anywhere in the East."
Fizdale also saw praise from veteran G Dwayne Wade, who said "he's a phenomenal coach."
The 43-year-old Fizdale, who was a part of Miami's back-to-back championship seasons in 2012 and 2013, brought the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season as head coach during the 2016-17 season.
However, he wouldn't last long in 2017 as the Grizzlies fired him following a 7-12 start. The reason for the firing may not have been the team's overall performance, but instead a falling out with the team's star C Marc Gasol.
Fizdale has been waiting patientily for a chance to redeem himself, and he may find it with a young Knicks team next season if he can impress GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills during his interview. He is expected to meet with the team sometime this week.