The Knicks have officially hired former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale as their head coach, the team announced Monday.
Fizdale's contract is for four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Fizdale turned down a four-year contract offer to become the Suns' next head coach before accepting the Knicks job, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
"David is a bright and creative basketball mind who is highly respected throughout the NBA," Knicks owner James Dolan said. "I'm confident that Steve and Scott identified the right coach to lead this team to the success our loyal fans deserve."
Fizdale was one of the top candidates to win the race to become the Knicks' next head coach. Though he only coached the Grizzlies for a year-and-a-half, Fizdale is one of the bright, young minds in the league. He was fired by Memphis this past season after just 19 games, as there were rumors that he and star C Marc Gasol did not get along.
"That's the league. The best player and the coach aren't always going to get along and that's just how it goes sometimes," Fizdale said about the disagreement with Gasol on ESPN. "He was the best player on teams and I'm sure he didn't always love his coach. It's just unfortunate circumstances how it all played out on the stage. But that's just normal stuff. Whether we like each or not it's not about that, it's about winning games."
Along with Fizdale, the Knicks interviewed Mark Jackson, Mike Budenholzer, David Blatt, Mike Brown, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Woodson, Kenny Smith, and James Borrego for their vacant head coaching position.