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ESPN’s Ian Begley joins The Woj Pod to discuss the New York Knicks hiring of David Fizdale, the process leading to his four-year deal, its impact on Kristaps Porzingis’ future, and the Celtics and Sixers rapidly moving toward years of dominance in the Eastern Conference – and perhaps the NBA.
1:06: The Knicks hiring David Fizdale as their next head coach.
2:22: Fizdale wanting to be in New York and having his choice among the open jobs around the league.
3:25: His plans to build a strong relationship with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, including a trip to Latvia.
6:14: The Knicks needing Fizdale to be a face of the franchise and to establish a winning culture.
9:41: Porzingis and the Knicks being cautious with his return from injury next season.
11:21: Knicks GM Scott Perry cementing himself as the leader of the front office with the Fizdale hiring.
13:42: Were the Knicks under pressure to hire Fizdale before another team did?
20:37: The ACL tear making Porzingis more likely to sign an extension with the Knicks.
21:09: The Celtics and 76ers being poised to swing the balance of power to the Eastern Conference.
23:52: Danny Ainge’s tremendous patience while rebuilding the Celtics in the post-Big 3 era and having the assets to acquire any star that comes on the market.
27:00: Sam Hinkie’s success finding players like Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell during his tenure with the 76ers.
28:46: The Knicks front office placing an emphasis on Frank Ntilikina’s development.