LOS ANGELES – For a change, LeBron James dismissed the Knicks front office.
A few hours after Clippers coach Doc Rivers at the Staples Center cleared the Knicks hurdles for dealing with the dismissed coach David Fizdale, James was asked the same question in the arena late Sunday evening after the Lakers' 106-99 victory over the Pistons ,
James, who takes on the Knicks at Staples Center on Tuesday night, has previously praised Fizdale for spending time together in Miami when Fizdale was an assistant coach. Given the poison coming from elite coaches for the shooting, James' reaction was tame in comparison and he said he hadn't spoken to the former Knicks coach yet.
"I haven't had a big reaction yet," James told reporters after the Lakers played the rear end of a double header at Staples Center on Sunday. “The conversation was spoken for a while. I knew Coach Fiz was a great coach, a great communicator – he was just trying to motivate his players. I wish him all the best. That's all that counts."
Earlier in the day, Rivers, who joined a list of disgruntled coaches, had harassed Knicks' front office for holding an ill-advised post-game press conference on November 10, which Fizdale essentially noticed. He was fired 12 games later with the club at 4-18.
"That was bad," said Rivers. "We all know. Coaching is difficult enough. It's a tough job. "
Rivers added that he hoped interim coach Mike Miller would get support from the front office, which Fizdale didn't.
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