Knicks new head coach David Fizdale had many suitors this offseason. He could have taken the head coach position for the Hawks, Suns, Hornets, and Magic if he so desired.
But the Knicks' tradition was the main selling point for Fizdale, and he is hoping his team can add to that this season.
Fizdale considers himself a basketball history buff, and when it comes to New York, he knows it all.
"I know my history -- that's the one thing I know," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman while attending the Bill Bradley tribute gla at the Museum of Natural History Monday night. "I've watched all of their old teams. That's part of why I wanted to be here. I want to have an unselfish ballclub just like them."
Fizdale was surrounded by players on those legendary teams at the tribute gala, including Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, and Dick Barnett.
In regards to his own squad, Fizdale is hoping he can incorporate some of the tactics those players used in their playing days. He wants the tough, dynamic Knicks to return to Madison Square Garden next season.
"There's a lot of known parts from different [Knicks] teams I want," Fizdale explained. "The roughness from the Riley - [Jeff] Van Gundy teams. [In the 1970s] I loved how they ran the floor and moved the ball back in their day. I want dynamic guard play like Walt and those guys. I want all of it."
Fizdale's plan will ultimately run around the Knicks' current star in F Kristaps Porzingis. He has yet to meet with the 7-foot-3 big man, who is currently rehabbing his torn ACL at Real Madrid's facilities in Spain.
"When he gets back to Latvia, I'll head over," Fizdale said.
So, this season, Fizdale will use his basketball history knowledge to try and bring tradition back to MSG. Lately, that tradition has been losing teams amidst a decade-long rebuild.
Though the Knicks are still rebuilding their roster, Fizdale wants to start off his Knicks tenure with the best of traditions: Winning.