Knicks coach David Fizdale continued to bury center Enes Kanter — a move that backfired famously in a 109-99 loss Friday to the Nets at Barclays Center.
And in a bizarre postgame press conference, a defensive Fizdale inadvertently buried Tim Hardaway Jr. when he seemed to bring up his whopping salary figure as a factor in why he’s a big part of the Knicks’ plan and playing a lot of minutes.
Hardaway shot just 2 of 14 and went 0-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line.
Even Nets fans figured out Fizdale benching Kanter for a second straight game was a bizarre tactic since he has manhandled Brooklyn the past two seasons. The Nets outrebounded the Knicks 59-33 as Fizdale’s group lost for the 21st time in 23 games and fell to 10-37.
The “Brooklyn Brigade’’ — the official cheering section for the Nets — chanted Kanter’s name relentlessly to taunt Fizdale. At one point, the brigade sang “You Need Kanter’’ and the Knicks center turned and waved at them from the bench.
Theo Pinson goes up for a shot over Frank Ntilikina during the Nets’ 109-99 win over the Knicks on Friday.
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Fizdale said at first he didn’t want to put Kanter into the game late in the second half because it was “unfair’’ to him. When pressed, Fizdale said Kanter’s defensive style isn’t the NBA’s future.
“We’re fighting for a certain style of play right now to start building for our future,’’ Fizdale said. “I want to be able to play a versatile style in the future. I don’t want to wait to start working on that and build that out.’’