Knicks Rumors: David Fizdale met with Kristaps Porzingis’ brother

New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale hasn’t yet met with Kristaps Porzingis, but he reportedly spoke with his agent and brother Janis.

The New York Knicks hired David Fizdale to create an entirely new culture. Both the new head coach and the front office are focused on making defense a priority, as well as restoring the physicality and team-oriented mindset that’s been missing for far too long.

In order to turn the Knicks around, however, Fizdale must be able to convince franchise player Kristaps Porzingis to buy in.

Porzingis has been regarded as coachable during his first three seasons with the Knicks. He’s been a legitimately elite interior defender, as well as an unselfish offensive player who’s willing to play a role instead of demanding an unrealistic number of shots.

According to Frank Isola of The New York Daily News, Fizdale hasn’t yet met with Kristaps Porzingis, but managed to speak with his brother and agent Janis.

According to a Knicks source, Fizdale and Janis, Kristaps’ older brother, met in Manhattan on Friday after Fizdale returned from the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

That’s certainly a first step in the right direction, especially when one considers the context of the meeting.

Porzingis is currently in Madrid rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee. He tore his ACL in February, and a mere three months later, he’s executing a rehabilitation plan overseas that has likely limited his ability to travel.

Thus, Fizdale meeting with Porzingis’ brother and agent is a sign of progress as far as the Knicks’ pursuit of stability is concerned.

Fizdale will still have to meet with Porzingis himself, but earning Janis’ support would go a long way towards facilitating the process.

Porzingis is coming off of a season during which he made his first career All-Star Game. He averaged upwards of 20 points per game, ranked No. 1 in the Association in blocks per game, and posted the best opponent field goal percentage at the rim in he NBA.

Porzingis will be playing for his fourth head coach in four seasons, however, which will inevitably endanger his development as much as his injury.

Thankfully, David Fizdale is making progress towards leading Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks back to prominence.