Mike Conley Jr. was caught in the middle between David Fizdale and Marc Gasol as he had a strong relationship with both.

Last offseason, Fizdale flew to Europe to try to repair the relationship with Gasol. Gasol was not interested in a reconciliation. Gasol's close relationship with Robert Pera further complicated the issue for Fizdale.

During his discussions with the Knicks, Fizdale took responsibility for his issues with Gasol.

“He knew where he messed up and what he’d try to let it never happen again,” said a source who’s spoken with Fizdale since his firing.