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Knicks reportedly to hire Fizdale as new coach

Then-head coach David Fizdale of the Memphis Grizzlies speaks to the media prior to Game Six the Western Conference Quarterfinals game against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 27, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee
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New York (AFP) – The NBA’s New York Knicks have agreed to a deal to make David Fizdale their next head coach, multiple US media outlets reported Thursday.

The New York Daily News said it had confirmed the deal, which ESPN reported was for four years.

The Knicks have interviewed a string of coaching prospects over the past three weeks, but Fizdale has been mentioned as a strong candidate to succeed Jeff Hornacek even longer.

The 43-year-old Fizdale was fired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in November of 2017 after an eight-game losing streak and a falling out with Spanish big-man Marc Gasol.

Fizdale had taken over in Memphis in May of 2016 and guided the Grizzlies to a 50-51 mark during his tenure.

Fizdale is poised to become the Knicks’ 11th coach since the 2001-02 season. Since then the Knicks have won just one playoff series and become a perennial also-ran.

They went 60-104 in two seasons under Hornacek, who was sacked last month at the conclusion of the Knicks’ 29-53 campaign.

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