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spreadeagle
05-16-2014, 09:42 PM
When Steve Kerr chose Golden State — the smart move in terms of basketball, money and family — and I started thinking about a Plan B list for the Knicks, I thought Derek Fisher might well end up with it.

Fisher is a Phil Jackson guy. He is a big believer in culture in the locker room and organization. He is a leader. If someone such as Jason Kidd can make the leap, Fisher would be able to fit in that mold.

Now comes a report from Frank Isola at the New York Daily News suggesting people close to the team think Fisher is the front-runner.

Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher, who played under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, is emerging as a leading candidate to join Jackson in New York now that Jackson’s first choice, Steve Kerr, has agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors. Fisher, of course, has zero head coaching experience, but Jackson believes that Fisher has the intelligence and work ethic to become successful if he happened to make the move from player to coach. Most recently, Jason Kidd went right from playing to being hired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets…

Jackson’s plan, according to a source, would be to assemble an experienced staff around Fisher that could potentially include Kurt Rambis and Bill Cartwright, two former NBA head coaches. Jackson thinks highly of Rambis, the longtime Lakers assistant, and there is a possibility that Rambis could be hired as a head coach.

There are a number of issues here. For one, Derek Fisher still has a day job as backup point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. That job is going to keep him very busy for at least another couple weeks as OKC takes on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. There is a real chance Fisher could be busy in the Finals through mid-June. That’s really dragging things out and shrinking the field if you don’t land Fisher.

Then there’s that whole “he’s never coached a day in his life and now we’re giving him a premier job in a tough market” thing. Or the “do you really want to bring in Kurt Rambis as an assistant after he butted heads with soon to be free agent Kevin Love” thing. http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/16/is-derek-fisher-becoming-frontrunner-for-new-york-knicks-job/

goingfor28
05-16-2014, 09:45 PM
Good luck knicks

P&GRealist
05-16-2014, 09:47 PM
Once OKC gets ousted in the WCF, then Fisher will become the coach.

TheMightyHumph
05-16-2014, 09:54 PM
As a fan that hates the Knicks, I'm sure I will find this most interesting.

Avenged
05-16-2014, 09:55 PM
Crazy how this guy is the frontrunner but yet is currently draining 3s in the playoffs. The ultimate overachiever for a role player.

HoopsDrive
05-16-2014, 10:26 PM
He could probably do well as a coach.

elledaddy
05-16-2014, 10:33 PM
He could be a player coach. Didnt lenny wilkins do that back in the 70s

smood999
05-16-2014, 10:42 PM
He could be a player coach. Didnt lenny wilkins do that back in the 70s

I don't think that's allowed anymore

NYKNYGNYY
05-16-2014, 10:43 PM
At this rate he'd b our coach n our starting pg

Crackadalic
05-16-2014, 10:44 PM
At this rate he'd b our coach n our starting pg

This. Just get the fat scrub away from the court and give him a good burger

HouRealCoach
05-16-2014, 10:45 PM
Two Derek Fisher threads at one time... I like it

Cal827
05-16-2014, 10:45 PM
:laugh: So what is Jackson doing, providing jobs for his former players who are seeking employment?

Can't wait to see Scottie Pippen become an Assistant Coach, and Dennis Rodman an assistant GM

gatkins11
05-17-2014, 01:23 AM
He'll probably hate it there, get out of his contract and then get another job. Just as he did several times as a player.

Supreme LA
05-17-2014, 01:43 AM
:laugh: So what is Jackson doing, providing jobs for his former players who are seeking employment?

Can't wait to see Scottie Pippen become an Assistant Coach, and Dennis Rodman an assistant GM

Well he's basically trying to develop a foundation to build a championship organization. Only great organizations, top to bottom, win a title. Phil would love to implement the triangle, and as a GM, he merely has to find the coaches who can teach the system, and then look for players that he can develop and fit.

I think it's a smart move considering it is one of the most successful offensive systems in league history and it would be a shame to see it die with the Lakers. The emphasis on spacing and ball movement as well as post play is what made it so remarkable. It was one of the most beautiful things for me to watch about the game really.

I don't really think Pippen has the type of personality to coach nor does Rodman. I get you're trying to be funny but it really wasn't. I see all of Phil's moves improving the Knicks and I'm happy for Fischer. The Knicks fans would be wise to not question a man with 11 rings.

cmellofan15
05-17-2014, 01:44 AM
give him 6 year/$60 mill! suck it Kerr!

Kashmir13579
05-17-2014, 01:50 AM
I would like this more than Kerr.

abe_froman
05-17-2014, 02:11 AM
I don't think that's allowed anymore

yeah it is,its just not done because its not a smart thing to do with the heavier responsibilities that both coaches and players have nowadays

also i have no idea why the choice of fisher is being derided in here.i mean kidd just got off his first year as coach when he was a player last year,so such a transition is something we've just seen be successful