As if the New York Knicks couldn't get anymore dysfunctional, we were treated to an extension of the ongoing drama between head coach David Fizdale and center Enes Kanter Wednesday night.
After not playing at all against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, even though Kanter claimed he was told he'd be starting, Kanter basically demanded a trade. You can understand that, and it's odd the 26-year-old has been chained to the bench during a prolonged tank.
Fizdale was asked about this Kanter drama and whether he thinks it'll become a distraction, and the first-year head coach gave an incredible quote.
Asked if he’s worried Enes Kanter will become a distraction, David Fizdale cracked, “What are we going to do, lose more games?”— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 24, 2019
Self-awareness is a quality everyone should have, and you have to hand it to Fizdale; he understands he's in the midst of a dumpster fire, and that this team is headed to the lottery no matter what lineups he plays.
That's...that's kind of the point.
David Fizdale told Enes Kanter he was going to start on Wednesday morning. By the end of the night, Kanter had his first career DNP-CD and requested a trade. On a messed up situation https://t.co/v3iadvtLJo— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) January 24, 2019
Who knows what the problem is between Fizdale and Kanter. The veteran center has always been known as a loud mouth, so I'm sure something was said that put him in the doghouse.
No matter the reason, it's probably best for both parties if Kanter is traded very soon.