Marcus Morris Backs David Fizdale After Knicks' Ugly Loss To Kings

Alex Greenberg
November 04, 2019 - 9:00 am
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The new NBA season is getting ugly in a hurry for the Knicks.

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David Fizdale’s team was blown out by the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The game was out of reach in the second quarter, and thus quite a lot of boos were heard coming from the crowd at MSG at various points throughout the rest of the contest.

The loss drops the Knicks to 1-6, and some are starting to point the finger at Fizdale. Marcus Morris is not one of those people.

Morris defended his coach when he spoke to the press after New York’s embarrassing loss over the weekend.

“At the end of the day, Fiz is putting us in the best position to be successful," said Morris. "I think it's us, we've got to execute the game plan better. He's been nothing but a great coach for us, he's been giving us what we need. Just today, we didn't hit many shots. They were the better team."

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Poor results are nothing new to Fizdale, as his time with the Knicks has been full of them, but this year is different. Last year’s team was expected to lose. They were tanking for the No. 1 pick in the draft. This year’s team signed some solid free agents in hope of building a respectable squad that could compete without being embarrassed, but the Knicks have already been embarrassed a few times during this young campaign.

Morris pointed to the new players as a possible reason why the Knicks haven’t been doing so well.

"You give any coach in the league ten new guys and see how good they do with them. Like I said, he's putting us in the best position to win and it's on us."

Morris is quickly turning into a leader for this Knicks team. His 28 points Sunday were a game-high for Fizdale’s team, and the rout would have been even worse without Morris’ contributions.

Morris did his best to lead the Knicks against his former team, the Celtics, on Friday night, but that effort fell short when Jayson Tatum hit a game-winning shot in the final moments of the fourth quarter. 

Fizdale tore into his team after the defeat against Sacramento, a team that has also played poorly to start the season.

“We had nothing, we did nothing right, we didn't execute on either end of the floor,” said the second-year coach.

There were hopes that this Knicks team could sneak into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, but that is now already looking like a long-shot. It could be another year of playing for a top spot in the lottery.

And Fizdale could find himself on the hot seat if results continue to go against the Knicks in a manner like this.

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