San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich can often be tight-lipped with the media, though there are always certain topics that he feels the need to speak out on.
David Fizdale's firing fell into that category.
Popovich met with reporters on Friday, after the news broke about Fizdale's firing, and without being asked, defended the former Knicks head coach.
"I don't know where the decision was made to fire Coach Fizdale, but if it came from the top, it's a case of mistaken identity," said the five-time NBA Champion head coach. "He's a fine, talented young coach with a great pedigree, and it's ridiculous to think you're going to bring a young guy in and after being there a minute and a half, you expect him to fix everything that's been wrong there for a long time. That's pretty unfair.
"So, it's the old analogy: he got thrown under the bus," Popovich concluded. "He'll come out of it because he's a great coach. I'm glad you asked."
The Knicks lost both of their games to the Spurs this season, though both ended fairly close. The Spurs topped the Knicks 120-111 on opening night in San Antonio, and then came away with a 120-111 win at The Garden on November 23.
Fizdale's tenure as Knicks head coach officially came to an end on Friday, as he finished with a 17-65 record (just a .207 winning percentage).