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Rick Carlisle happy for David Fizdale ‘to be out of that terrible mess that he had nothing to do with’

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: Head Coach Rick Carlisle looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2019 in New York City. New York Knicks defeated the Dallas Mavericks 106-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The Knicks fired coach David Fizdale.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fired back.

Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News:

Coaches tend to stick up for each other. They’ll blame everyone but the coach when a coach gets fired. As president of the National Basketball Coaches Association, Carlisle is particularly outspoken.

New York’s problems extend well beyond Fizdale. Owner James Dolan, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry are each far more responsible than Fizdale for the sorry state of the organization.

But Fizdale failed to instill an identity in the Knicks. Under his watch, player development was uneven. That he wasn’t the biggest problem means only so much.

Fizdale doesn’t deserve to be a scapegoat for all New York’s problems. He also didn’t necessarily deserve to keep his job.