NBA Coach Hiring and Firing Grades




Knicks hire HC David Fizdale: B+ Grade (but it doesn't matter)
David Fizdale is a good head coach. He did a solid job with the Grizzlies, and he showed some promise previously as one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA. This should be a promising hire for the Knicks.

Except, it isn't. Consider the following list: Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Mike Da'Antoni, anyone Phil Jackson recommended. The first three names are all extremely successful NBA head coaches, yet all three had losing records with the Knicks. I imagine Fizdale will have the same misfortune as well.

It doesn't matter who coaches the Knicks. They could dig up Red Auerbach's grade and revive him, and yet the Knicks would fire him after three years because of a poor record. The franchise is a joke because of owner James Dolan. It will never be relevant for an extended period of time because of Dolan.

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Knicks fire GM Phil Jackson: A+ Grade
Phil Jackson officially "stepped down," but considering that Knicks owner James Dolan was reportedly considering firing him, let's just call it that. Jackson, who was hired in March 2014, guided the Knicks to an abysmal 80-166 record following his first offseason.

Jackson was atrocious as a general manager, which shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone. Jackson was great at winning championships as a head coach as long as he was presiding over the two best players in the NBA, but that didn't mean he could sign and draft players effectively. It would be like asking a world-class veterinarian to perform open-heart surgery on a human. The two are somewhat related, but not really. And Jackson certainly did not heal his patient.

The one good thing Jackson did as general manager was draft Kristaps Porzingis. However, he undid everything when he threatened to trade Porzingis due to some stupid missed exit interview. Jackson did other poor things, re-signing Carmelo Anthony to a ridiculous deal and also wasting lots of cash on the washed-up Joakim Noah. Furthermore, there were reports that Jackson fell asleep during workout sessions.

This is a no-brainer A+. Jackson had to go, and the Knicks will be better without him.

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