David Fizdale turned down several offers from other NBA teams without having an assurance the New York Knicks would hire him, which was an indicator of how badly he wanted the job.

The Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns offered Fizdale their head coaching jobs, while he also could have become head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.

Fizdale ultimately signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Knicks.

Fizdale's first order of business was to establish a relationship with Kristaps Porzingis, but he never coached him. Porzingis was traded at the 2019 deadline and Porzingis was fired less than 12 months later.