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NBA News: Derek Fisher Reaches Agreement To Become Knicks Head Coach

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Rumors had been flying that the New York Knicks would be ramping up their pursuit of former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher as their next head coach. Now it is just about official according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck:

By taking this job, Fisher is basically announcing his retirement from the NBA as player-coaches are no longer allowed in the NBA. This crosses another name off the potential Lakers coaches list, though it was becoming apparent that the Lakers wouldn’t seriously pursue Fisher.

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After being spurned by Steve Kerr, Knicks President Phil Jackson seemed to immediately turn his attention to Fisher, his former point guard who won five championships under him with the Lakers. Jackson was even fined for talking about Fisher as a candidate despite Fisher still being an active player.

Fisher becomes the second player in two years to go immediately from active player to head coach, joining Jason Kidd who took the Brooklyn Nets head coach position immediately after retiring.

With a new head coach, Fisher’s staff is likely to include people with previous experience, and according to Beck, one name being thrown out is another former Laker who interviewed for the Lakers job:

With Fisher now set to go to New York, the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the only teams remaining with head coaching voids.

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The team will continue to focus on experienced guys to fill their head coaching void. Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins still seem to be the favorites to land the job.
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  • cyborgspider

    Congratulations, Derek. All the best (except against the Lakers) success to you and your family.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Lakers delay coaching hire with LeBron James in mind

      MIAMI — The world is watching the NBA Finals, an average of 14.9 million people through two games on ABC and plenty more to come now that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday’s Game 3.

      The Los Angeles Lakers are watching, too, but with a perspective all their own.

      The slow pace of the Lakers’ coaching search that began April 30 when Mike D’Antoni resigned has been timed deliberately with the upcoming free agency period in the NBA, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat’s LeBron James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.

      PER USA TODAY

      To all the Lakers naysayers,doubters,haters,skeptics,critics,bashers this is the reason the Lakers are waiting they are about to pursue and maybe land a top notch superstar free agent to continue the winning ways.Stop bashing Jim Buss,he knows his stuff and he goes for the gusto.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        You replied to a comment that was neither about the Lakers wait, nor Jim Buss. Misdirected, I think you are.

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  • jeremy

    So what is this a all former laker coaching staff

    • Lakers Realist

      It’s Phil running the team now. It makes sense for all of the pieces to be proteges of his.

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    feel bad for Derek I mean im happy that he finally got his coaching gig but it’s too bad it’s with that train wreck of a knicks team it’s really too bad that he couldn’t have become the lakers next head coach he would have possibly been the most beloved lakers coach of all time besides phil of course but it’s good that Derek is getting his shot as head coach.

  • Wizard34

    Best of luck to Fisher. Thanks for helping us with those 5 rings!

  • Frank Williams

    Congrats to Derek Fisher of the Head coaching job in NY. I’m sure he’ll have Phil Jackson all in his ear, which will be a good thing. I can see the East Coast verision of the Triangle Offense. As far as the comment of the “Train Wreck” that’s the Knicks. Phil has been in the process of clearing off the tracks and will bring in lots of “Championship Focused” Players and Coaching staff. Maybe seeing a Hy-brid of Lakers-Bulls in NY. Humm Just saying.

  • TrutHurts

    And Phil Jackson got his puppet. I have a bad feeling this whole thing is going to blow up in D-fish and Phils faces. Phil is a great coach but I think he’s way in over his head as a GM.

  • Fish Wish

    Long live New York baby baby.Knicks all the way we have the coach and gm.Thank you Laker so much for handing my Knicks the keys to a championship FO.You guys will be back one day in the near not too distant future maybe.Good luck with Jim Buss running the show he is into politics of the NBA makes basketabll decisions that are inexcusable.Wish you the best anyways.Lakers are a historic franchise.

    • vdogg

      your knicks are in for a world of hurt for the next few seasons. no draft pick this year, terrible contracts, salary cap hell. big chief triangle can smoke all the peace pipes he wants, but when the smoke clears reality won’t be distorted.

      • LAstory

        great points vdogg not to mention the players he has to teach it to… I said in another post… that it took Kobe 3years to learn the offense in its many forms… Jordan I believe also it took 2/3 years to learn… I respect Fish a lot… but he is up to his neck in the deep end of the pool and the ink isn’t dry on the contract yet.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          that is probably because you understimate the bond that Phil has with Derek, and the trust that he gives… 2-3 years isn’t that long… championship teams, are always build for the long haul.

    • LAstory

      Bro, I love what Derek Fisher has done as a Laker, as a person and a man for all he’s done for his family especially his little girl… but if you think that Derek Fisher is going to into NY and teach those players as constructed, the triangle.. you are in for a very very very long 5 years… the Knicks have only one player under contract that knows the triangle and that’s Lamar Odom… it took Kobe 3 years to learn the triangle and its many different forms of it… Derek and company has to teach that to… Melo, JR Smith, R.Felton, T.Chandler…ummmm, yeaahhh good luck with that.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        however difficult it may be, it doesn’t scream, “it cant be done!”

  • Jim213

    Always thought Fish’s best chance to coach was now not down the line given the opportunity of coaching one of the biggest franchises in the league. However, this will be at most a 2-3 year stint before seeing actual progress (top 4?) being Phil and Derek have to instill a whole new system.

    However, a sign and trade for Gasol (if he wishes) is still possible to help implement the new style of play. Although, don’t believe Melo will likely stick around past 2015 if he ends up opting in for another year.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers FO has a winning tradition to abide to.Pursuing a superstar and saving the franchise is the top priority of the very bright Jim Buss and the veteran Mitch.Never doubt the Lakers FO they are the best in the business their track record proves it 5 championships since 2000 and 7 NBA finals appearances.

    Lakers delay coaching hire with LeBron James in mind

    MIAMI — The world is watching the NBA Finals, an average of 14.9 million people through two games on ABC and plenty more to come now that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday’s Game 3.

    The Los Angeles Lakers are watching, too, but with a perspective all their own.

    The slow pace of the Lakers’ coaching search that began April 30 when Mike D’Antoni resigned has been timed deliberately with the upcoming free agency period in the NBA, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat’s LeBron James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.

    PER USA TODAY

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers are waiting to hire a coach since they want to entice dare i say it LeBron James himself to help hire a coach he feels comfortable playing for and someone he wants to play for that’s a genius move by the Lakers FO to entice the superstar they coveted all these years.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Congrats to Fish, I always just wanted to see Fish win one more with Kobe on the journey to 6

  • Loisloves

    Who better to mentor Fish than the greatest of all…Phil Jackson !If he came to the Lakers who would be his mentor? This will give him the time he needs to develop as a coach.The fact that Rick, Luke and Bill are being considered as assistant coaches would mean that he will have a supportive staff. He couldn’t ask for a better set up! And to think it was all in the palm of the Lakers hands! Oh well…I’m happy for everyone involved except the Knicks!

  • 24Ss

    I can see the knicks signing rick fox,Walton as assistant coaches etc . Signing carmelo ,pau gasol going after lebron James trying get rid of there crappy contracts and then next year trying go after kyrie Irving and Kevin love

  • Leo

    Rick Fox and Kurt Rambis assistant coaches and Kobe changing over to the Knicks to play under Phil two more seasons before retiring :-) Kobe and Melo have always been good friends… Lakers chases after Lebron and new talents. Everybody happy, Kobe fans in LA, not so much…

  • Blogpimp

    The Laker’s management is so incompetent. They could have had Phil and Fisher. Instead they got DA and who? Jimmy said he would leave in two years. Time to accelerate the process and perhaps Mitch should also start looking

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