Now that Steve Kerr is out of the picture Derek Fisher has become Phil Jackson's top target for the New York Knicks head coaching job. However, Fisher is finishing up his 18 year career with a deep playoff run as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's hoping it can end with another championship to add to his mantel. However, when his season ends he's very willing and ready to talk to Jackson about the Knicks job.
Who wouldn't be flattered when they're mentioned for a head coaching job in the NBA? Derek Fisher is happy to hear his name thrown into the fray for the New York Knicks coaching. However, he and the Oklahoma City Thunder are focused on the Western Conference finals. However, when his season and career meet their end Fisher will sit down with Phil Jackson to talk about coaching the Knicks.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork reports Fisher is focused on the Thunder's mission but will talk to Jackson and the Knicks following the season.
“It’s not a distraction," Fisher said at the Thunder’s morning shootaround at Texas Military Institute in San Antonio. “It’s humbling. It’s humbling, it’s flattering. Phil knows better than anybody this time of year, there’s a singular focus you have to have. That’s what I’m trying to do for myself and the team. Regardless of what it is, I’m not concerned about it until after these playoffs are done."
At this point, it's become painfully obvious that Jackson prefers to find a young coach he can take under his wing. As part of that, he prefers the coach to have a strong knowledge of the triangle offense.
Fisher is only 39 years old. He obviously is well aware of the triangle offense and can probably still run it at a better rate than any point guard on the Knicks roster. Clearly he fits the criteria.
The problem is, it's unclear if Fisher would like to coach next season or not. Most believe he has a bright future in either the coaching or executive ranks. However, Fisher has expressed a desire to spend time with his family following a long playing career.
That being said, if Fisher is open to continuing his NBA career he could end up in New York. Jackson will be sure to contact Fisher as soon as his playing days are over. Then we'll have to see how the conversation goes.
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