Now that his team is no longer in the playoffs, guard Derek Fisher has emerged as a top candidate for the New York Knicks coaching vacancy partly due to the Los Angeles Lakers lukewarm pursuit, per a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As the Los Angeles Lakers remain cool on the pursuit of Derek Fisher as a coaching candidate, the New York Knicks continue to cement themselves as the strong frontrunner to hire him, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
So far, the Lakers have expressed an exclusive desire to explore experienced head coaches in their search, and there isn’t yet an indication that team officials plan to seriously consider Fisher for the job, league sources said.
The Knicks interest in hiring Fisher with no NBA coaching experience appears to be largely in part to Knicks president Phil Jackson familiarity with Fisher. Fisher began his NBA career as a rookie teammate of Kobe Bryant in 1996-1997 and the pair won 5 championships together, all with Jackson as their head coach. The Knicks were poised to hire Steve Kerr before he spurned them in favor of the Golden State Warriors last month.
Now approaching his 40th birthday and having just completed his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder — and 18th NBA season overall — Fisher appears ready to move into coaching immediately after retiring as a player, similar to Jason Kidd last summer.
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