According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to hire David Fizdale as their assistant head coach, replacing Jason Kidd.
Fizdale will be reunited with LeBron James, whom he coached for four years in Miami if the plan materializes.
Fizdale signed a $22 million contract in May 2018 and agreed to stay for five years in New York. He was, however, fired after only 22 games into a disappointing 2019 season. It was his second season with the Knicks. He has not coached since.
Previously, Fizdale was also sacked by the Memphis Grizzlies in the middle of the 2017-18 season. He was hired in the 2016-17 season and was fired due to tension with Marc Gasol, who now plays for the Lakers.
He recently said that he “was at the lowest place” he has ever been “from a mental health standpoint” after being fired by the Knicks.
“I thought the lowest point was during the losses,” said Fizdale. “But it was after, when you go through the whole part of, ‘What could I have done different? Did I even deserve this job?’ You think like you were an imposter. You felt like you got over on these people. You’re a fraud.”