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The decision-makers of the New York Knicks are ghosting their team

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Before the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers faced off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Mike Miller -- the man tapped to replace David Fizdale as New York's interim coach -- walked into the news conference room in Madison Square Garden, placed both hands on the wooden podium and addressed reporters.

The men who fired Fizdale -- team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry -- did not.

Miller opened with diplomatic pleasantries, saying, "I would like to thank Coach Fiz for the opportunity to be a part of his staff." He was asked why the decision to fire Fizdale was made Friday. He was asked what the players thought about it. He declined to answer those questions.

The normal thing to do when a front office fires a coach is to explain why the decision was made, and what will happen next.

This, though, is The Garden, where abnormal things happen.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

So Mills and Perry decided they need not address the media Saturday evening -- despite the fact that the two of them made the surprising decision to hold a news conference after a blowout loss at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers last month. That news conference, one source within the organization said, all but marked the end of Fizdale's tenure.6

All that was left to be determined was when he would be fired. That turned out to be Friday -- but only after Fizdale oversaw a practice, spoke to the media and said hello to Mills and Perry in front of the cameras.

It was all just another reminder of how the Knicks have spent the past two decades lurching from one self-inflicted mess to another under James Dolan's ownership -- all while turning the league's most valuable franchise into one of its biggest laughingstocks.

After Miller was done, the locker room opened, and it was the players' turn to explain Fizdale's firing from their vantage point. Taj Gibson and RJ Barrett said the front office called them to notify them of the coaching change. Gibson said that Fizdale teared up when the two hugged goodbye.

The morning before Fizdale was fired, Marcus Morris Sr. gathered the team for a players-only meeting. The meeting, Morris said, was about "the direction we're trying to go as a team."cheap official nike nfl jerseys

The players said they also discussed ways that they could alleviate some of the pressure on Fizdale. Dennis Smith Jr. -- the 22-year-old who was acquired in the front office's deal to send Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in February -- said the team felt it could've done more to help its former coach hang on to his job longer.

"We didn't want it to all fall on him," Smith said. "We talked about that actually, we gotta start taking responsibility. It's not 100 percent all him. It's tough."

Morris added: "Fiz is the type of guy that stands in front of everything. That's why I looked up to him a lot."

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