The New York Knicks have their guy. According to reports, the New York Knicks have reached an agreement with Derek Fisher on a 5-year $25 million dollar deal to be the teams next coach.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) June 9, 2014
Derek Fisher is finalizing an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the Knicks coach, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 9, 2014
After the Knicks missed out on Steve Kerr to the Golden State Warrirs, Knicks President Phil Jackson turned his attention towards Fisher who was still playing with the Thunder. He was even fined $25,000 for tampering.
Fisher’s season came to a close just 9 days ago after Oklahoma City was eliminated from the post-season by the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games. He has never coached an NBA game.
He played for Jackson as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers during parts of 9 seasons and won 5 championships under him.
Jackson reportedly wanted someone he could mentor as the coach, and the 39-year-old Fisher fit the mold.
Fisher will join Jason Kidd as a player who turns coach within weeks of retiring from the NBA. The Kidd experiment worked out as he led the Nets to the 2nd round of the playoffs in his first year as coach.
It’s now Fisher’s turn to show what he’s got and there’s no doubt that his task is definitely a tall one given the current configuration of the Knicks roster.