When David Fizdale was hired by Scott Perry to be the franchise's 29th head coach (and fourth in the last five years), it was clear the road ahead to success for the third-year coach was full of potholes, hairpin turns, and would occasionally be washed out completely by flash floods of inexperience and a general lack of talent.
As has often been the case in the last decade-plus, success would, in many ways, require a redefinition of the word entirely.
As his introductory press-circuit got under full swing, Fizdale's vision for the team began to emerge. He spoke of the team's athleticism and versatility, his philosophy on position-less guards, and took ownership for the messy ending to his time in Memphis. In a refreshing departure from the ghosts of Knicks' coaches past, he seemed realistic, not promising the playoffs, but instead laying out concrete expectations for the team...