Two days after the New York Knicks fired David Fizdale, the organization thanked the former head coach for his time and he how represented the franchise during the year-plus stint at the helm.
"The New York Knicks organization would like to thank David Fizdale for his leadership and professionalism over the past two seasons," the Knicks said in the statement. "He represented the organization with nothing but class. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Fizdale's sentiments delved deeper into a reflection of his time with the Knicks, one he called "a great honor"
"Coaching the New York Knicks has been a great honor and I appreciate (team president) Steve Mills, (general manager) Scott Perry and (owner) Jim Dolan for providing me with this opportunity," Fizdale said in the statement. "There are lessons we take with us from every life experience and I am especially grateful for the lessons I have learned from the extraordinary group of people within the MSG family - from the players, coaches, development staff, and trainers to the arena crew, concession workers and ushers - who have all treated me and my family so well during our time with the team.
"Knicks fans' passion and commitment is remarkable and while it is obviously disappointing that we couldn't deliver the wins we wanted on the court, I am very proud that we we able to establish a system which values accountability, respect, and hard work. Although the short-term results weren't what I hoped for, I'm confident the culture and values we prioritized will contribute to the growth and future success of the core young players who are already improving each and every day.
"I have been blessed with the chance to make a career around the game of basketball. I wish only the best to the entire Knicks organization and to the City of New York and I am excited about the journey that lies ahead."
The firing of Fizdale did not turn the Knicks immediately around.
New York, under the direction of assistant coach Mike Miller in the interim, fell 104-103 to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
The Knicks look to snap their nine-game losing streak Tuesday on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. ET.