By Maxwell Ogden
New York Knicks shooting guard Damyean Dotson offered praise for head coach David Fizdale and the culture that he plans to create at The Mecca.
As the 2018 NBA Draft nears and free agency sits impatiently behind it, it’s easy to lose sight of what the New York Knicks have already done to facilitate the rebuild. Phil Jackson landed a legitimate franchise player and a defensive ace, and Scott Perry hired a respected head coach.
With a strong foundation in place, recently hired head coach David Fizdale is committed to creating a healthier culture—and the players are already taking notice.
While Frank Ntilikina was the heavily publicized Jackson selection in 2017, Damyean Dotson has become a fan favorite in his own right. He appeared in just 44 games for the Knicks, but thrived down the stretch and embraced the long missing defensive-minded mentality.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Dotson praised Fizdale for planting the seeds for a healthier and stronger culture to blossom.
“Coach is a great guy,” Dotson told The Post in a phone interview. “He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feeding off each other and together. He’s big in to making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy. All the things that you want a coach to do. He inherited that mindset from [Pat] Riley and [Erik] Spoelstra. He has instilled a great culture in himself and wants to put that into our...