Point guards are very often thought to make good coaches after their playing days. Derek Fisher is one of those point guards that is thought to have enough experience, a high enough basketball IQ and the leadership skills to transition to the coaching ranks. His current coach, Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder, believes hiring him could make a lot of sense for the New York Knicks.
Right now Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks is concentrating on the teams deep playoff run. His eyes are on an NBA title. However, he knows that when the Thunder's season ends it also will be the end of his veteran point guards' career. Derek Fisher has already announced he'd be calling it a career following the season. Coach Brooks believes Fisher will make a great coach when given the chance.
“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.”
“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.”
Fisher has always had "future coach" written all over him. Kobe Bryant always said that Fisher was the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers and that he was a coach on the floor. However, that doesn't mean that he should immediately jump into a coaching job following retirement.
Just because that's what Jason Kidd did doesn't mean that's the right move for everybody. There's really nothing wrong with spending time with your family. Especially after a long playing career, 18 years in Fisher's case.
Before their season ends it's very unlikely to hear from Fisher. Although there will certainly be questions asked if the Thunder are able to make the Finals. If that happens, expect the standard "I'm only concentrating on winning a title right now." answer.
It will, however, be interesting to see if he does jump right into the market to become a head coach or if he'll first spend time with his family before transitioning to a second career. It's something Phil Jackson is sure to monitor.
Jackson is likely to hire someone he’s either coached or worked with. Fisher fits the bill. In fact, his relationship with Jackson is very much like Steve Kerr's.
Hiring a first-time coach allows Jackson to have more power, control and influence. It might not be that smooth of a mentoring situation with a veteran coach. It certainly wouldn't hurt that Fisher can run the triangle offense in his sleep either.
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