Former Knick and current Georgetown men's basketball head coach Patrick Ewing has joined the list of people expressing their displeasure at the team firing David Fizdale last week.
On his SiriusXM weekly radio show, "Center Court with Patrick Ewing," the Basketball Hall of Famer mentioned how much respect he had for Fizdale and wanted to let him know that he felt for him.
"Very disappointed in that," Ewing said of the coaching change. "I think that Fiz is an outstanding coach. I've had an opportunity to get to know him over the years, met him when he was working for the Hawks. And just want to let him know that I support him and I know he's looking forward to his next opportunity.
"He is a very good coach and I was disappointed to see him getting let go."
The coaching community is notioriously tight-knit, but people around basketball have been especially outspoken regarding Fizdale's departure from the Knicks. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich called Fizdale's firing "unfair," even going so far as to say that the Knicks "threw him under the bus."
Meanwhile, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that he was happy for Fizdale getting out of a "terrible mess" at The Garden.
In parts of four seasons as a head coach, Fizdale's winning percentage sits at .346. Whether or not the issue remains from the top down with the Knicks, he clearly has made an enough of an impression to garner the respect he has from people around the game.