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Derek Fisher to Accept New York Knicks Coaching Job

June 9th, 2014 at 7:16 PM
By Matt Agne

The wait is over. Derek Fisher is ready to accept the New York Knicks' head coaching job. Reports are circulating that Phil Jackson is about to sign his primary target for the Knicks coaching job. Fisher will be the man to install Jackson's triangle offense and replace Mike Woodson in the lead chair on the Knicks' bench.

'david fisher' photo (c) 2009, donielle - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After a long wait, it seems things are moving quickly towards Derek Fisher becoming the next head coach of the New York Knicks. He's reportedly ready to officially end his playing career and start a second career in the NBA as the head coach of the Knicks.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Reports reports Fisher will soon officially become the next head coach of the Knicks.

Derek Fisher has decided to accept the Knicks' head coaching position, per source.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the expected contract details.

Derek Fisher is finalizing an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the Knicks coach, league sources tell Yahoo.

Interestingly enough, that's the same contract the Golden State Warriors gave Steve Kerr after he spurned the Knicks. Anyone think team president Phil Jackson is making a statement?

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports the Knicks are likely to announce the signing after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.

With the Rangers playing tonight and Wednesday, the Knicks would prefer to hold a press conference either Tuesday or Thursday.

As a long time player of Jackson's, Fisher's knowledge of the triangle offense make him a major candidate for the Knicks job. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report speculated on who could end up on Fisher's coaching staff.

Fisher's staff is very likely to include Kurt Rambis. Others in mix: Rick Fox, Luke Walton, Bill Cartwright.

After Kerr chose the Warriors' opening, the Knicks never seriously looked at any other candidates than Fisher. Beck fully expects Fisher to do well in his second NBA career.

Covered Derek Fisher for 7 years in LA. No doubt in my mind he'll be a good coach. There will be a learning curve, of course.

'Derek Fisher' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/That being said, Fisher will be inheriting a roster with an uncertain future. No one knows what will happen with Carmelo Anthony in free agency. The Knicks are also strapped with a high payroll next season and will have to wait till the 2015 free agent period to make a big impact. 

However, Fisher will also be stepping into a position where he has the most winningest coach of all time as his president ready to mentor him. He also will be working for an owner in James Dolan willing to spend money. Things could certainly be worse.

When this becomes official, Fisher will become the second former player-turned-head coach for a New York team immediately following retirement in so many years. The Brooklyn Nets have Jason Kidd. The Knicks have Fisher. Fisher may not be as glorified as Kidd but he has more championship rings. Lets see which one can win one first as a head coach.

Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher, James Dolan, Jason Kidd, Mike Woodson, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson

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