Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale joining Lakers as assistant

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David Fizdale Knicks hands up
David Fizdale Knicks hands up

Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale is returning to an NBA bench, this time joining the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach to Frank Vogel.

Fizdale last coached for the Knicks from 2018 until his firing 22 games into the 2019-2020 season. The Knicks went a league worst 17-65 in his first season and were 4-18 the next season before the New York brass decided they'd seen enough.

The Lakers just saw assistant coach Jason Kidd leave to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks in the past week, so their bench needed a boost.

Prior to his stint in New York, Fizdale was the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies for a season and a half -- after leading them to a first round exit in the playoffs in 2017-2018, Fizdale was fired 19 games into the next season, with the Grizzlies starting the year off 7-12.

Fizdale's most successful period in the NBA dates back to his days as an assistant for Erik Spoelstra's Miami Heat from 2008-2016.

During that period, the Heat -- led by the Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013, and went to the Finals four years in a row from 2011-2014.

Fizdale became known as a player's coach during his time in Miami, which eventually earned him his first chance at running an NBA team with Memphis.