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Derek Fisher Says ‘Huge Layers’ To Decision On Coaching Lakers, Knicks

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Derek Fisher’s career as a player in the NBA is likely coming to an end. With one door closing another will open for the veteran with Fisher potentially on the verge of becoming a head coach in the NBA.

The last few years Fisher has seen his skills decline on the basketball floor, but he’s continued to play a major role on teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder with valuable leadership capabilities and knowledge of the game.

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With Fisher’s season and playing career coming to an end, the five-time NBA champion will have a tough decision ahead with the Lakers and New York Knicks showing interest in his services as a coach. Although Fisher has yet to make his decision on whether he’ll be trying coaching, the NBA veteran admits having ties to both organizations in Los Angeles and New York makes it interesting moving forward.

Fisher said the following about the Knicks and Lakers head coaching vacancies, according to Royce Young of ESPN:

“There’s for sure huge layers added to [the decision],” Fisher said. “The personal relationship and professional relationship that I’ve had with Phil Jackson over the years, and being in the position that he’s in. And also, with the Lakers having an opening, it for sure adds layers to it. But like other important decisions in life, I don’t think you can be driven by what’s going on externally. You have to have an internal set of boundaries and just kind of a compass that you make decisions by. I’ll combine all those things as I try and make the best decision possible.”

Following the overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals that ended his season and career as a player, Fisher made it clear that he’s going to take some time to make a decision. It seems as though Fisher is intrigued by the prospect of being a head coach, but isn’t sold on the idea just yet.

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Unlike other first-time head coaches, Fisher will be in the unique position to interview for arguably the two most desirable head coaching positions in the NBA. New York and Los Angeles are the two biggest markets in this league with two of the biggest superstars in Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Along with the allure of the two major markets, these teams are at the beginning of an extensive rebuilding process that will prove difficult for any head coach to handle.

No matter which direction Fisher heads in, the soon-to-be 40-year-old will face significant challenges with no guarantee he can help turn around either franchise.
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  • Dana Douglas

    Wait a second. I don’t recall any offers being made to Fish, just yet. Isn’t this article putting the cart before the horse, at little?

    • comrade24

      I would say that description is accurate for just about every article that comes out this time of year. It’s all just to feed the insatiable, heroine like addiction to offseason moves

    • Al Haldie

      That’s what this is all about RUMORS — NO ONE CARES AS LONG AS THEY GET A CHANCE TO SHOW EVERY ONE how SMART THEY ARE….a bunch of JOKERS ha ha ha ha

  • dancer

    Knicks Considered Frontrunner For Derek Fisher

    Jun 02, 2014 1:44 PM EDT

    The New York Knicks are considered the frontrunner to land Derek Fisher as head coach.

    The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly cooled on the idea of Fisher as head coach. The Lakers are seeking a coach with previous experience.

    Fisher is taking a few days to finalize his thoughts on the likely end of his 18-year playing career before fully engaging in talks to become a head coach.

    Phil Jackson is eager to sell Fisher on the idea of serving as his mentor.

    Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

    PER real gm

    • Al Haldie

      And now he is going to be a MENTOR …..ha ha

  • dancer

    Sources: Lakers cool on Derek Fisher, who is Knicks’ top head-coaching target

    By Adrian Wojnarowski1 hour agoYahoo Sports

    As the Los Angeles Lakers remain cool on the pursuit of Derek Fisher as a coaching candidate, theNew York Knicks continue to cement themselves as the strong frontrunner to hire him, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    So far, the Lakers have expressed an exclusive desire to explore experienced head coaches in their search, and there isn’t yet an indication that team officials plan to seriously consider Fisher for the job, league sources said.

    So far, Los Angeles has interviewed four coaches about replacing Mike D’Antoni – Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.

    Knicks president Phil Jackson has been eager to sell Fisher, 39, on the possibility of Jackson mentoring him as part of a direct move from Fisher’s playing career into the Knicks head coaching job. Fisher is taking a few days to finalize his thoughts on the likely end of his 18-year playing career before fully engaging in talks to become a head coach.

    Nevertheless, the Knicks and Fisher expect conversations to begin before the end of the week, league sources said.

    The Knicks’ support system, centered on Jackson, is an attractive part of the job to Fisher. For all the allure of New York and Madison Square Garden, New York offers a faster route to a rebuild and the playoffs over the Lakers simply because of the disparity in strength between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

    Fisher played parts of 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson.

    • ra

      I would take Fisher’s ‘in-experience’ over Dunleavy’s or Rambis’s ‘experience’ any day. Fisher would def. be a ‘players’ coach (like Jason Kidd). I think he could bring together a Lakers team as a collection of players, rather than worrying about X’s and O’s.

      • Gregory Gaylen

        Agreed! Still think Scott or Hollins bring experience and the ability to bring a team together too.

  • dancer

    Fisher out with Lakers,Lionel Hollins in with the Lakers.That’s the word today.

  • NYLakerJ

    Fisher out as HC. Coach K in with Lakers at 5 yr/$57.5m deal. Sources say sources heard such…
    LOL.
    Let’s get this draft here already! Wishing Lakers can swing deal for Kyrie…if, not…PF Randle or trade down to Philly’s #10 for McBuckets and their 1st or 2nd 2nd rd.’er…

    • Gregory Gaylen

      Coach K may consider this, seeing that Duke and the one-and-done players he recruits doesn’t allow for much continuity and championship results. The money is good too. He’ll need players though. Hoping Lakers are thinking long term with all upcoming moves.

  • Stu

    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA · 2h
    Sources: As Lakers continue pursuit of veteran coaches, Knicks hold ground as frontrunner to hire Derek Fisher.

    Lionel Hollins

  • Rod

    Damn Lakers won’t even give Derek a chance to coach?????I guess they are mad.

  • ChitoDog

    Byron Scott, Lakers Head Coach and Derek Fisher, Lakers Assistant Coach, Let’s do it Mitch!

  • Ivan

    All the names we have heard like Lionel Hollins,Mike Dunleavy,Alvin Gentry,Kurt Rambis,Byron Scott,Derek Fisher they are just names in the hiring process.This head coaching hiring is not even close they are waiting for free agency to lure in either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony and once they convince them to meet them at midnight when free agency period starts their selling point will be you can control the coaching hire tell us who you want.Then once that happens the name John Calipari will be all over the news for the Lakers head coaching job and also Billy Donovan will be rumored to the Lakers but ultimately it will be a coach LeBron or Carmelo wants and that is the reason this coaching hire is not imminent.Look for Dave Fizdale to emerge as a huge candidate especially if LeBron comes to the Lakers in free agency.This is the Lakers we are talking about not some crappy cheap team,nope this is the Lakers they do things in a big big big way.Big splash!

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I do want D-Fish but only has Assistant Coach that’s all he need some experience and im not feeling that player to coach trend!

  • Chrmngblly

    This is just a big sham “casting call” to make it look like Jim Buss is being really thorough. It is just for show. He is just as clueless today as he was 2 years ago. Why not just rehire D’Antoni? That makes sense. Why waste all these guys’ time? What do we really need in a coach?
    1. We need a coach that plays a modern up-tempo style of ball which the fans like.
    2. WE need a coach that believes in Defense.
    3. We need a coach that is comfortable in the Klieg lights, that can take the scrutiny.
    4. We need a coach that is likeable by the Media, by the fans and by the players.
    5. We need a coach that knows how to go from where we are to where we want to be—that is no easy task, as MDA will attest.
    What else? Who has ideas? I don’t think the Fish is our guy.

  • CCX

    It will be hard for Fish to resist being mentored by Phil, probably too good an opportunity to pass up despite the Knicks perennial dysfunction. I’d like to see him as B Scott’s assistant, seems like most Laker fans feel the same way.

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