The list of David Fizdale supporters just got a little longer.
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing expressed his displeasure with his former team’s recent firing of Fizdale, noting how much respect he has for the ex-coach while speaking on his weekly SiriusXM show “Center Court with Patrick Ewing” on Monday.
“Very disappointed in that,” the Georgetown coach said of the firing. “I think that Fiz is an outstanding coach. I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him over the years, met him when he was working for the Hawks. And just want to let him know that I support him, and I know he’s looking forward to his next opportunity.
“He is a very good coach, and I was disappointed to see him getting let go.”
Ewing isn’t the only member of the coaching fraternity who has been outspoken about Fizdale’s departure, which came this past Friday after a 4-18 start to the season.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich addressed Fizdale’s firing without even being asked while meeting with reporters on Friday, describing it as “unfair” and saying Fizdale “got thrown under the bus.”
“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,” Popovich quipped.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was a candidate for the Knicks job in 2014 before being hired by Golden State, believes he would be in the same boat as Fizdale if he ended up coaching in New York. “That would’ve been me three years ago,” he said.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle also chimed in, saying that he was happy Fizdale was able to get out of a “terrible mess” at the Garden. Fizdale, who went 21-83 in barely over a season in New York, is the fourth Knicks coach fired in as many years.
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