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The more Knicks management asked about David Fizdale Alex Ovechkin Jersey Kids , the more they heard how much players respect him.

It can’t hurt that one of them is LeBron James.

And while Knicks fans can dream of Fizdale’s relationship with James giving them a shot when the superstar enters free agency as expected, a team building from the bottom can’t focus on one player – even the best one in the game.

New York needed a coach that can bring out the best in everyone on the roster, and that’s what the Knicks believe they have in Fizdale.

The Knicks agreed to a deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week and introduced him Tuesday at a news conference at Madison Square Garden.

”I think the big thing that we found – and that’s obviously terrific that some of the game’s greats recognized David for who he is as a man and as a coach – but the players that are not that, just the guys 1 through 15, the reviews coming back on him were all very consistently similar,” general manager Scott Perry said.

”That he invested in us, that he’s going to develop you, he’s going to challenge you, he’s going to hold you accountable. And so I think that’s the important thing, that David has shown the ability to relate to a number of players across the board, not just the star players.”

Still, Fizdale’s relationship with James gives New Yorkers a slither of hope.

Though that hope is based more in fantasy than reality.

While James could become a free agent this summer, the Knicks would be unlikely to afford him and even less likely to impress him, given the long climb they face to contention. They have missed the playoffs five straight seasons and will be without All-Star Kristaps Porzingis when the Fizdale era begins as he recovers from a torn left knee ligament.

Fizdale said he is only focused for now on who will be playing for him.

”I can’t really speak on free agency,” Fizdale said. ”I just know that if we build this thing right together with the guys we have here, who I’m focused on here http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-logan-couture-jersey , people will want to come.”

Fizdale wanted to come, despite how quickly coaches get eaten up in New York.

Perry and team president Steve Mills interviewed 10 other candidates during their search, and also spoke with players and executives from around the league to gain information about the men they were considering as the replacement for Jeff Hornacek.

One of them was Pat Riley, Fizdale’s boss in Miami when the Heat won two NBA titles while he was an assistant to Erik Spoelstra. Riley had kept in contact with Fizdale after he was fired early last season in Memphis after clashing with star center Marc Gasol.

”No one was more happy when he got the news … to see one of his guys be here, coming back and doing this and taking this challenge,” Fizdale said. ”I’m sure right now he’s pretty proud.”

Even the failure with Gasol after the Grizzlies had gone to the playoffs in Fizdale’s first season impressed the Knicks during their discussions. Fizdale didn’t hide from his share of the responsibility, acknowledging that maybe he pushed too hard on a team whose window to contend for a title he believed was shrinking.

”When someone owns an issue like that, we all hit adversity, but it’s how you deal with it and how you learn from it,” Mills said, ”and that’s one of the things that really impressed us about David.”

Fizdale had spent eight seasons before going to Memphis in Miami, where the Heat reached four straight NBA Finals. Fizdale said his relationship with their stars developed by spending time with them, talking honestly about important things like family matters, and of course by winning championships.

The last one will be difficult in New York.

He is the 11th Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season. Fizdale said he couldn’t pass up the chance to coach at Madison Square Garden, even though he was a candidate for jobs where there is more stability.

”The risk/reward thing was, I just said to hell with it Chester Rogers Jersey ,” Fizdale said. ”It’s the Knicks, what are we talking about here?”

Mills said management will help Fizdale navigate the turbulence, joking that he’s seen not only brush fires but forest fires around the organization. Fizdale isn’t concerned, either by that or the expectations that still surround a team because of the success it had long ago.

”I think you’ve either got to go after it or you’re afraid, and I’ve never been afraid,” Fizdale said.



The good news for football fans: It's going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year.

The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining . Though there are restrictions 鈥?no free streaming on smart TVs, for instance 鈥?the move marks a significant departure for sports. Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams.

The NFL regular season starts Thursday.

"We think people will still want to watch on the biggest screen possible," said Brian Rolapp, the league's chief business and media officer.

But as more people drop cable or satellite subscriptions 鈥?or never sign up in the first place 鈥?the NFL needs to be flexible in order to reach them, Rolapp said. Even those who can watch on TV are preferring phones, he said.

"If you don't get to that younger demographic, who aren't conditioned to go to the television, you do run the risk of losing them," he said.

The NFL has been inching toward subscription-free games in recent years. It made a deal with Twitter, then Amazon Randall Cobb Jersey , to stream a handful of games online . This year, Amazon will offer 11 Thursday night games for free on its Twitch app or on its Prime Video app with a $119-a-year Prime subscription.

Last season, Verizon customers got subscription-free access on phones to whatever CBS or Fox was broadcasting regionally on Sunday afternoons, plus all the nationally televised games on NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. Now, any wireless customer can get them on both phones and tablets. The one restriction: Seven games that are exclusive to the NFL Network channel can be viewed only on phones, not tablets.

Online football streaming, estimated by NFL officials at 2 percent to 3 percent of overall viewership, isn't enough yet to offset declines in television viewership. But the NFL believes every viewer counts. A key element in getting the television networks on board: The networks get to sell the majority of ads appearing on those subscription-free streams. Distributors such as Verizon get the rest.

The subscription-free games will be available on the NFL app and the Verizon-owned Yahoo Sports, Tumblr and AOL apps in the U.S. On iPhones and iPads, the games can also be streamed on the Safari web browser.

TV networks will still stream games through their apps, but you'll typically have to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. That's how you can get games on smart TVs, including streaming-TV devices such as Apple TV and Roku, as well as on laptops and desktop computers. The network apps will stream games on phones, too, something not available before because of Verizon's exclusivity.

Cable-like online streaming packages offer yet another option for TVs. Only two major ones have all five football networks: PlayStation Vue for $50 a month Maliek Collins Jersey , and DirecTV Now for $55. Sling TV offers budget-conscious fans NBC, Fox and NFL Network for $25. Sling TV and others offer four networks for $40 or $45. Some of the over-the-air stations might not be available in your market, especially outside big cities, so check before subscribing.

As for NFL RedZone, a channel that switches from game to game to show key plays and scoring, you can subscribe on phones for $5 a month. But if you want to watch on other devices, you need to first subscribe to a cable, satellite or online package, then pay extra.

Once a game ends, it's available for streaming through the NFL Game Pass service, which costs $100 for the season.

And for out-of-market games 鈥?those not televised by your local CBS or Fox station 鈥?DirecTV offers the NFL Sunday Ticket starting at nearly $300 for the season. It's typically limited to DirecTV satellite subscribers, though an online package is available if you can't get a signal where you live. DirecTV Now subscribers in seven cities can also get it as part of a test offering.

As for college football, the bulk will be on cable channels. Online policies vary, but a cable, satellite or online TV package is typically required.

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