View Full Version : Knicks' Phil Jackson fined $25K for tampering comments about Fisher

06-02-2014, 06:27 PM
ESPN first reported and the NBA has confirmed that Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 for his comments about Thunder point guard Derek Fisher potentially coming to coach the Knicks. The league essentially views this as tampering since Fisher was still under contract with the Thunder.

The league's 30 teams were notified of the fine by league memo Monday afternoon, the sources said.

Among the reasons the league took this step, sources said, was to reinforce its annual reminders to teams of the league's anti-tampering rules, which prohibit teams from direct or indirect expressions of interest in other teams' impending free agents.

via Phil Jackson fined for tampering with Derek Fisher of - ESPN New York.

Here's what Jackson said at a press conference Friday:

Jackson said Fisher is "a person that's on my list of guys that could be very good candidates for this job."

via Derek Fisher of Oklahoma City Thunder undecided on retirement, coaching plans - ESPN.

The Knicks have significantly ramped down their coaching search efforts after Jackson's preferred choice, Steve Kerr, took the Warriors job. http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24579353/phil-jackson-fined-25000-for-tampering-comments-about-derek-fisher

06-02-2014, 06:37 PM
wait, has he not retired yet?

06-02-2014, 06:57 PM
Would rather have Dfish. Worth the fine if the tampering works and it gets him here.

06-02-2014, 07:15 PM
Miami Heat though..

06-02-2014, 07:24 PM
NBA wants to collect as much $$$ possible before Sterling robs them.

06-02-2014, 07:37 PM
Phil has been off to a horrible start

06-02-2014, 07:49 PM
Phil's 1st fine jn the Silver era. :laugh2:

06-02-2014, 07:59 PM
NBA wants to collect as much $$$ possible before Sterling robs them.

Fine money goes to charity.

06-02-2014, 08:07 PM
I don't understand how this is tampering.

06-02-2014, 08:09 PM
Phil has been off to a horrible start

I feel like it's way too early for that. Losing out on Steve Kerr is hardly a disaster.

06-02-2014, 08:13 PM
I love how Phil is off to a "horrible start" because Kerr took star coach money to stay close to home and because he got fined what is basically the equivalent of toilet paper to him for saying DFish is a guy who "could be a good coach here". Brilliance at it's finest

06-02-2014, 08:40 PM
Phil's 1st fine jn the Silver era. :laugh2:

Sterling was lol

06-02-2014, 08:42 PM
Phil has been off to a horrible start

He hasn't made any moves yet. Kerr verbally said he wanted
The job but then GSW job came open and he went there. Wouldn't call losing Kerr a huge deal IMO