The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers were considered the front runners for Derek Fisher's services as a head coach. However, the Lakers have decided to hire a coach with more experience. That leaves the Knicks as the front runner to hire Fisher as their next head coach.
The New York Knicks waited for Steve Kerr only to see the Golden State Warriors sign him instead. However, Phil Jackson will face less competition for the next candidate. Despite being Kobe Bryant's choice to become the Los Angeles Lakers head coach the team has pulled itself out of the running for Derek Fisher.
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports have decided to hire someone with head coaching experience.
The Lakers have narrowed down their exhaustive coaching search only to candidates who have previous head-coaching experience, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Fisher hasn’t announced his retirement from playing. There’s a chance he turns Jackson down for another season with the Oklahoma City Thunder or other team. Then again, he could retire and simply decide to do something other than coaching the Knicks next year. He could just enjoy the free time with his family.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports that Fisher is no longer a candidate for the Lakers job.
The Knicks are hoping Fisher could repeat the success of Jason Kidd‘s immediate transition from player to head coach. If Fisher decides to join the coaching ranks, the Knicks appear to be the main contender for his services.
Jackson received permission from the Thunder to contact Fisher after being fined for tampering after publicly commenting about his desire to talk to Fisher. It's against the rules to express desire for a player still under contract with another team.
Fisher spoke with Jackson about the job last week. Further discussions are expected to take place once Fisher makes a decision about ending or continuing his playing career.
Most believe Fisher will join the Knicks and lead the team under the Jackson’s authority and tutelage. However, Fisher has publicly maintained a desire not to rush to a decision. That being said, Jackson would like to reach an agreement with Fisher as soon as possible.
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