Knicks hit up Rich Paul for lowdown on Fizdale

Rich Paul gave the Knicks the lowdown on their new coach, David Fizdale, a move LeBron James endorsed.

While LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers endorsed the hiring of David Fizdale to be the next head coach of the Knicks, New York brass did not seek out James for an opinion, perhaps for fear of being slapped with tampering charges.

Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry did, however, sought out Rich Paul, James’s childhood friend and longtime agent, according to the New York Post.

Paul reportedly delivered Mills and Perry the scoop on Fizdale’s coaching methods. Fizdale, fired by the Memphis Grizzlies as head coach in November, was an assistant coach in Miami during James’ four seasons spent in South Beach with the Heat.

For his part, James gave his stamp of approval on the Knicks hiring Fizdale to fill the vacancy created when New York fired Jeff Hornacek.

“I think he’s a good coach, a good communicator,” James said. “He’s never going to shy away from whatever he feels is right.

“I’m happy for Fiz, obviously,” he continued. “He gets an opportunity to showcase what he’s about. So, we’ll see what happens. Obviously, I don’t speak for the Knicks at all, but I’m happy for Fiz.”