Since being traded from the Knicks to the Mavericks in late January, Kristaps Porzingis hasn't said much about his former team. It was an acrimonious split at the time, and last month Trey Burke intimated that Porzingis had plenty to say about what led to him being sent to Dallas.
But following the Mavericks' Friday night game against the 76ers, The Daily News gave Porzingis a chance to talk about former head coach David Fizdale.
Though Fizdale was the coach when Porzingis was traded, the Latvia native never actually played for him, as he was recovering from a torn ACL while the two were both in New York.
As many have said since Fizdale's ouster, Porzingis described him as a nice person and coach who might have gotten a raw deal.
"Honestly, it is what it is," Porzingis told the Daily News. "For him - I liked him as a coach and as a person for the time I was around. They had to sacrifice somebody."
"It is what it is and they didn't have the start that they wanted," he continued. "It sucks that those kind of things happen, but at the end it's a business and they had to make a move."
For what it's worth, that move might have been the right one. The Knicks are 3-4 under interim coach Mike Miller, who has a believer in another former Knicks head coach, Jeff Van Gundy.