Phil Jackson Pulls The Plug On The Derek Fisher Experiment
The Knicks have fired head coach Derek Fisher, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein:
ESPN sources say that the Knicks have fired coach Derek Fisher
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 8, 2016
Just a season and a half into his coaching career, which was marred by the fact that he coached an absolutely absymal roster last year, got into a fist fight with a former teammate over a woman and by his general inexperience, Fisher is done in New York. The impetus for the change may have been the 1-9 stretch the Knicks are currently putting themselves through, but publicly blasting a potential free agent target in Rajon Rondo likely didn't help matters either. When your coach is starting more beef with opposing players than your actual players, that's a problem.
This does come as a little bit of a surprise, as Fisher was a Phil Jackson pet project who perhaps needed more time to grow, along with his unstable and often untalented roster. But alas.
Fisher ends his first (though probably not last -- he's a young guy and will get another shot) coaching stint at 40-96.
The Knicks confirmed the firing on Twitter:
Feb. 8-Phil Jackson announced that Derek Fisher has been relieved of his coaching duties.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 8, 2016
So who's on deck? Kurt Rambis has been named interim head coach, but "sources" tell Brian Windhorst -- and remember, for the most part, ESPN basketball reporters are worlds behind colleagues Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne and Yahoo's Woj, so take this with entire shakers worth of salt -- that Luke Walton and Brian Shaw are long-term replacement possibilities. Walton just got done guiding the Warriors to an historic start in Steve Kerr's absence, and Shaw is still smarting over his ignominious end in Denver. Maybe James Dolan will get over his issues with Tom Thibodeau? Jeff Van Gundy, where art thou?
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