David Fizdale has been a coaching candidate for a few years now, but the Miami Heat assistant hasn’t hopped on the carousel despite some trying to pull him on.
“Honestly,” Fizdale told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “it’s not a stress for me. I’m in a great place. I’d rather be an assistant with a team that has a chance to win it every year, than being in a situation where I’m trying to figure out how to win a game, and the organization doesn’t have a direction.”
It seems as if Fizdale could have been a coach by now, or at least have interviewed and been seriously considered. According to the report, he had been courted in the past by the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trailblazers. This year, he’s been linked to the opening in Cleveland.
But Fizdale’s insistence to stick with Miami shows patience. Just like Stan Van Gundy waited for an opportunity right for him, with control of determining the direction of the organization in Detroit, Fizdale is looking for direction.
Roster is one thing, but in today’s NBA, stars can come and go. Coaching under Pat Riley has shown him that direction and organizational integrity are important, and even more rare than a franchise player.