The Knicks fired David Fizdale at the beginning of December, making him the latest scapegoat for organizational failings that pretty obviously start at the top. Now, he’s headed back to ESPN, according to a report from SNY’s Ian Begley.
Ex-Knicks head coach David Fizdale will return to ESPN as an NBA analyst this season, per SNY industry sources: https://t.co/D1qPLOctMw
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 23, 2019
Fizdale had done television work before with ESPN, between his stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Knicks, so a return to broadcasting was always a possibility. From the SNY report:
SNY’s Ian Begley has sources telling him that Fizdale will be returning to ESPN as an NBA analyst later this season. He’ll be a studio analyst appearing on various shows that discuss the NBA.
Fizdale served as an analyst two seasons ago before the Knicks made him their head coach during the 2018-19 season.
Fizdale’s work as an analyst was praised while it lasted, and in a weird way, his firing coming so early in the season is a benefit for both Fizdale (assuming he wants to get right back to work) and for ESPN, as they can add a coach who was actually coaching during this league year.
Hopefully someone asks him about the Knicks. Obviously Fizdale is unlikely to go scorched earth in that scenario, but it’s still worth finding out.