David Fizdale was appointed by the Knicks earlier this summer.

Enes Kanter says David Fizdale has already made a huge impact on the Knicks players

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The New York Knicks haven't been very active this offseason but there's still a sense of optimism surrounding the franchise thanks to new head coach David Fizdale. 

After being hired to take over from Jeff Hornacek earlier in the summer, coach Fiz has already made a positive impression.

Even though he was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies last season, his stock hasn't dropped as he's still considered one of the best young coaches in the league. 

He was highly sought after as he held interviews with the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns. 

But he couldn't pass up the opportunity to move to the Big Apple and take on the challenge of bringing success back to a historic franchise. 

Buying in

The 44-year-old has already spent time communicating with his new players and sharing his vision with them. 

Fizdale is keen to earn the trust of his players in New York

The response has been largely positive and Enes Kanter recently explained why they're already buying into his methods. 

“He’s the type of coach that tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear,” Kanter said, per Chris Iseman of

“He’s being real with everybody. He’s been already changing the culture. And I just love how much confidence he gives to players.

"That’s why players are so much more comfortable and want to go out there and play for him.”

Enes Kanter is excited to work with Fizdale next year

The center is one of the players who has had a face to face meeting with Fizdale and he revealed that he's encouraging him to expand his game to the three-point line. 

“He told me we know what you can do, now we want to you to stretch the floor and start shooting threes,” Kanter said.

“From that day, that was my focus. I’ve been working on the three a lot. …If I can stretch the floor, that would give other teams a harder time.

"All the point guards or whoever, the smaller players, can drive inside and finish it.”

Kanter is hoping to add a three-point shot to his game next season

The 26-year-old only attempted two triples last season and didn't make either of them. 

He's always done his best work in the paint and is a walking double-double on most nights but he understands that the NBA is changing and he wants to adapt.

“If you look at it now, you don’t really see back-to-the-basket players anymore,” Kanter said.

Kanter wants to adapt to the new era in the NBA

“If the league is changing, you can always add new stuff to your game so I think it’s very important.

"Every summer you have to add one new thing to your game. So I think this year it was my three-point shot. That was my focus.”

The Turk can certainly add a new dimension to his and New York's offence if he's able to add this to his arsenal and knock them down at a consistent rate. 

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