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Ex-Knicks HC David Fizdale: Nets Firing Kenny Atkinson Was 'A Punch to the Gut'

Ex-Knicks HC David Fizdale: Nets Firing Kenny Atkinson Was 'A Punch to the Gut'

The New York Knicks relieved David Fizdale of his head coaching duties Dec. 6, and the Brooklyn Nets made New York City boroughs 0-of-2 on 2019-20 head coaches by firing Kenny Atkinson earlier this month.

Fizdale appeared to be more upset about Atkinson's firing than his own in an interview with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News published Wednesday:

"But I think to see Kenny under the circumstances, they were seventh seed in the East, he had taken that team from a lot of Ls to now a team that was starting to become a regular in the playoffs.

You look at that roster and you don't have D'Angelo Russell now, Kyrie [Irving] misses 40-plus games, no Kevin Durant, and you're still in the seventh seed, which I thought was awesome and amazing that he was doing that.

Atkinson had served as the Nets' head coach since 2016.

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