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Lakers Rumors: Derek Fisher ‘Willing To Listen’ To Lakers Coaching Job

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Since Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, there is a long list of possible candidates. While Kobe Bryant “will wish for” Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, an interesting name has come up: former Laker and current Thunder guard, Derek Fisher.

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With this likely being Fisher’s last season in the NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports says the Lakers coaching job holds tremendous appeal to the five-time champion:

Once the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season ends, Fisher will have a willingness to listen to coaching, front office and broadcasting possibilities. As for the Lakers’ coaching job, it holds tremendous appeal to him, sources with knowledge of his thinking told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday night.

While it is risky to hire a head coach with any prior experience, Fisher commands respect and having him as the next coach could position the franchise to land his current teammate, Kevin Durant in 2016:

Superstars want desperately to consider the Lakers in free agency, but they won’t go anywhere based only on geography and banners. They’ll need to see an infrastructure of talent, management structure and coaching. Durant will want a culture, and Fisher could’ve grown into the job by ’16 to sell him on the Lakers’ brand.

This season, Jason Kidd became the first player to retire and immediately become the head coach of an NBA franchise. While there was an adjustment period, the Brooklyn Nets were able to climb out of their early season hole and into the playoffs.

With the Lakers immediately looking for their next head coach, this is their most important off-season since 2003-04. After firing Mike Brown five games into the 2012-13 season and Mike D’Antoni resigning, hiring the right coach will be extremely crucial for the franchise. While there are great options available, bringing back Fisher to the organization could help lure superstar free agents such as Kevin Durant.
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  • Chrmngblly

    I love Fish. I also think he belongs back with the Lakers. He’s smart, has guts and leadership. Head coach right now? I dunno. Someday for sure.

    What I would like to see is JB bring in Magic as an outside consultant for this next coaching hire. Can’t we change the procedure, at least? Please Jim.

  • guest

    The only way they are going to get those type stars back in LA is to get a Phil Jackson or someone of that caliber otherwise no one is coming to LA to play I look at the coaching and cringe and I don’t play for the team but I’m a real fan. They have some young talent that they can work with, they just need the correct coach to bring out the superstar in all of them.

    • Dirty

      the only coach of Phil’s caliber would be Pop and i doubt he would leave San Antonio

  • independentbynature

    D Fish might make a good coach.But he should get some experience first.Perhaps as an assistant coach.

    • Sanoskai

      I so agree with you

  • Albert Cruz

    It is as an assistant.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Assistant coach yes but head coach ugh holla back man.Not ready get experience.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    I am intrigued by the idea of Fish coaching the Lakers. We know how Kobe and Durant respect him. He was always the good cop to Kobe’s bad cop in the locker room, so we know he is able to balance the mood with angry Kobe around. He has been through a lot of big-time playoff battles, and he has played for some really good coaches–Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Scott Brooks–with different approaches to coaching. He has seen the way other teams work, and can bring that experience to the Lakers. Can he coach? I don’t know, but I think he would be great to have around, even if just as an assistant.

  • smh

    I like Tom Thibodeau for head coach, Fisher as an assistant. Maybe even let

    • guest

      edit: even let him put into practice some principles of the triangle, since Thibodeau can’t coach offense.

  • Dirty

    I think Michael Cooper would make a good coach

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  • Daniel Bogarin

    we should get byron scott and have dfish, cooper, and rambis as assistants. All know how to win and all have played in LA. Dfish will need get some experience in and under scott he’ll be great.. dfish an co brings durant in 2016 and scott and co bring irving in 2016 (once kobe retires)

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Hire Thib As HeadCoach&Derek As An Ass.

  • cHeLios

    dfish for assistant coach. thibs as head would be awesome aswell.

  • lalalakers

    If jason kidd and mark jackson can do it d fish can do it!

  • SD

    If Thibs won’t come, I’d be interested in Kevin Ollie or Stan Van Gundy. I think Fisher/Rambis/Scott should be added/kept as assistants or even put Scott in a position to aid with player development. He’s excellent with developing guards.

    I think you MUST bring in a few of the greats to be around the team in some capacity so they know what being a Laker means. Cooper/Thompson/others could really help develop some of these young guys.

  • Gekko

    The first thing we need is to get back to defense. For that I like Thib and Hollins as coaches. Thib is not available until Chicago lets us talk to him. So, my favorite is Hollins. However, I think hiring Fish as an assistant would be huge too. He connects well with the players and as the article suggests is well respected. I think he would go a long way in attracting star talent. Kobe is right, the culture of the organization needs to be put together from the top down.

    • SD

      He would be a GREAT assistant coach. He always did the little things on the court, had great work ethic, a great mindset, a great leader, and great off the court. A true Laker…knows what that means and knows what it means to be a professional in this league. PLUS the kobe dynamic. He’d be a great buffer between the new head coach and Kobe…as well as new players.

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