David Fizdale appears to take shot at Nets players over Atkinson firing

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David Fizdale can empathize with Kenny Atkinson’s state of affairs, and now he's implying that the previous Brooklyn Nets head coach did not have enough help from his gamers.

In an current look on ESPN Radio, the ex-New York Knicks coach Fizdale gave his opinion on the firing of Atkinson in Brooklyn.

“In terms of gamers with energy, your front workplace has to actually be robust and your culture needs to be robust to weather disgruntled players,” Fizdale stated, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “And you must have a specific amount of help on your coach so when issues get turbulent.”

Fizdale also added that Atkinson’s firing was even more gutting than his own dismissal by the Knicks in December.

“It’s a punch to the gut to see a colleague like that who went by means of the mud with the organization and actually started with the inspiration and really helped construct the group to the place it is,” Fizdale stated. “It as a kick within the abdomen to listen to that. Much more than my state of affairs. I was 4-18. I can take it. I’m an enormous boy. However I feel to see Kenny beneath the circumstances, they have been seventh seed in the East, he had taken that group from numerous Ls to now a group that was starting to develop into a daily in the playoffs … And to see that occur so abruptly, when it happened, the best way it occurred, it was a kick in the stomach.”

Certainly, Atkinson was surprisingly let go in the midst of his fourth season in cost despite the Nets being on the upswing with an injury-depleted roster and coming off their first playoff look since 2015. He was also one of the longer-tenured head coaches in the Japanese Conference, behind solely Erik Spoelstra, Brad Stevens, and Brett Brown.

There were studies that some of Brooklyn’s stars had a hand in the firing, and Fizdale appears to assume that his fellow coach acquired undeservingly snaked here.