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Scott Brooks Thinks Fisher Coaching The Knicks Makes ‘A Lot Of Sense’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have had to change their focus ever since Steve Kerr surprised everyone by taking the Golden Sta [new_royalslider id="279"] Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have had to change their focus ever since Steve Kerr surprised everyone by taking the Golden Sta Rating: 0
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Scott Brooks Thinks Fisher Coaching The Knicks Makes ‘A Lot Of Sense’

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Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have had to change their focus ever since Steve Kerr surprised everyone by taking the Golden State Warriors head coaching position.

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Many people believe that Derek Fisher could now be at the top of Jackson’s list for the Knicks’ head coaching position. At the least, he is one of a number of former Lakers reportedly being considered for the job.

Fisher, of course, is still playing right now as the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for the Western Conference Finals, but he already has some support for the Knicks job from his current head coach. Thunder coach Scott Brooks endorsed Fisher heavily according to the NY Times’ Frank Isola:

Derek will make a great head coach,” Brooks told the Daily News on Saturday. “He’s smart, he knows the game and works hard. He’s also played for one of the greatest coaches in sports history . . . and I’m not talking about myself, by the way.

Most people close to the situation believe that Jackson will hire someone who he is familiar with his style — someone who he has either coached or worked with. Fisher fits that profile, but Brooks did admit that Jackson will need to wait a few weeks to meet with his former point guard:

I think it would make a lot of sense for Derek to coach in New York. But there’s no rush. If they wait a few more weeks they can talk to him. I don’t think Phil would talk to him now anyway because Phil has too much respect for the game and Derek. He knows how hard it is to accomplish what we’re trying to do here. But I hope they do speak at some point.

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Fisher of course has also been linked to the Lakers head coaching position, and they would have to wait to contact Fisher as well. It seems like the Lakers and Knicks could be battling over another potential coach.
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  • J Taylor

    To me, there are 4 factors to making this sensible…
    It makes sense IF you surround Fisher with enough talent in the assistant ranks. If New York takes a year to rebuild a team around the Triangle. IF New York is patient enough to wait 2 years for any sort of legitimacy. AND, if Phil is hands-on as a behind-the-scenes director aka absentee coach.

    Adding Rambis, and Walton would be HUGE in helping implement Phil’s offense.

    • Timmy Chong

      smh, just makes me think what could of been, Phil is president of basketball operations shaw at HC, rambis, fisher, walton, hamblin as assistants. CP3 at point and kobe at the 2, and dwight staying happy because of all the easy looks he’ll get within the triangle, especially with good passers within gasol, kobe n cp3.

      • michael

        we wouldn’t have gasol if we got cp3. we would have traded him.

      • Marty Susman

        Yeh, but none of it happen.

    • Marty Susman

      Fish, Rambus & Walton would be nice BUT not a winning team.

  • Rigged4fun

    Fish being the coach of the Knicks is fine as long as the Lakers don’t sign him. He has no previous coaching background. He maybe a well developed player but coaching takes the ability to identify problems and correct them, I don’t see that in him. He could be a go between Phil and the team like the Heat situation.

    • Marty Susman

      I totally agree

  • Marty Susman

    I think this whole thing about players all of a sudden being a coach is NOT a good idea. The Nets had an avg. age of their starting 5 was close to 35 years old meaning they really didn’t need a coach with tons of time on the job. With a normal team of young/old/rookies the Nets would not have even made the playoff’s. Kidd was/is not going to make a good coach, sorry Net’s. D. Fish MIGHT be a good coach BUT not for many years to come. I am also not in favor of the college coach’s jumping to the pro’s as well with the team thinking they will win tomorrow.

    • Chrmngblly

      Are you in favor of anything? Were you in favor of Phil Jackson going into coaching? Larry Bird? Pat Riley? Some of these guys are going to be good coaches. I think Fish and Luke will both be great coaches.

  • hookedonnews

    Derek Fisher may get the Knicks job because he would basically be Phil’s assistant. No one has a clue what kind of coach Fisher would be, but Phil is looking for someone to implement his philosophy. Someone with no coaching experience is more likely to accept the micro-management that this implies. Will be interesting to see how this plays out because I don’t see a proven NBA coach wanting the kind of input from PJ that this job is going to require. Of course, Phil could back off and just hire a coach and let him do his job. Doubting that is going to happen, but who knows?

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