Phil Makes the Call to Fish, Name Derek Fisher New Head Coach
On Tuesday, the New York Knicks finally announced they have a coach that will run the team under new president Phil Jackson. Derek Fisher and the Knicks agreed to a 5 year, 25 million dollar deal to be the 26th head coach in Knicks franchise history.
Derek Fisher, who is a 5 time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, is finishing up his 18 year career as a player with a loss in the Western Conference finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Fisher won all 5 of his championships as the starting point guard for Phil Jackson as the coach for the Lakers. He is entering his first coaching gig with a lot of knowledge of the triangle offense which is assumed the Knicks will run next year. All offseason Jackson would only speak and consider candidates people he has had prior experience playing or coaching with.
Fisher has some experience in a leadership role when he was the president of the NBA’s player association from 2006-2013.
Throughout his final years as a player, Fisher was on a very talented and young Thunder team. He acted as a role model and a coach on the floor to help their team make long playoff runs. This was a similar role that Jason Kidd went through as a player on the Knicks before his retirement. Jason Kidd was hired quickly once he ended his career just like Fisher. Fisher will have an advantage over Kidd in that his good friends for over 15 years will be watching over him and be able to give advice and some feedback all season long. Phil Jackson is a coach at heart and will definitely be on the practice court as much as physically can to help Fisher and the Knicks get back into the playoffs.
Fisher’s first task will not be an easy one. He has to convince Carmelo Anthony to not opt out of his contract or to just resign with the Knicks and stay in New York. Some other offseason plans are to attract veteran players to sign minimum contracts and to possibly acquire a 2nd round draft pick in the draft at the end of the month.
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