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David Fizdale’s job safe for now because Knicks not confident in his assistants?

David Fizdale

David Fizdale might be the NBA coach whose job is in the most jeopardy right now, but he could at least have one reason for feeling temporarily safe.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Thursday that the one major deterrent to the New York Knicks making a coaching change by Thanksgiving is the sketchy alternative of promoting one of Fizdale’s assistants in his stead. That list of assistants includes Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, and Kaleb Canales.

Fizdale, who is in his second year with the Knicks, went 17-65 last season and has overseen another miserable 4-11 start to 2019-20. He signed a four-year deal with the team with at least one more season fully guaranteed in 2020-21.

The ex-Miami Heat assistant is not inspiring much confidence lately, but the Knicks’ unique circumstances may just keep him employed for the time being.

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