Amar’e Stoudemire wants Derek Fisher to have a firm hand

Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire believes the most important factor for his rookie head coach is to be a disciplinarian and “put your foot down,” (Newsday, June 10).

“For the young players who are not as professional as they should be, I will look for him to put his foot down and really be firm about his teaching strategy and even for veteran players who don’t want to buy into it, you got to put your foot down,” Stoudemire said.

Stoudemire said establishing discipline with his new team is the most important thing for Fisher – though he also added that Fisher’s history with Phil Jackson could help in earning the team’s trust. Fisher played in five NBA championship teams with the Lakers under Jackson.

“I think with Phil having his back, that gives him more of a role of sort of being a disciplinarian,” Stoudemire said. “Whatever Phil thinks works, I’m all with them and on board with it. Phil has a pedigree of winning and if he feels that’s what’s needed to win, then I’m down for it.”

Though Fisher doesn’t have any prior coaching experience, Stoudemire has few concerns about playing for a coach who was recently an active player himself.

“For some guys, it might be an issue,” Stoudemire said of Fisher’s recent history with the Oklahoma City Thunder. “But with me, I’m just a pro who wants to play the game of basketball at a high level. At this point, I know what it takes to be successful and to win.”

But it is that time on the court that gives Stoudemire confidence in the Knicks new coach. He expects Fisher’s work ethic to directly translate over to his coaching style.

“It’s going to take some time for him to get around the organization and the team a little bit and figure out how everything works,” Stoudemire said. “But once it’s time for training camp, we should be able to kick it in full motion.”




9 comments
jax13
jax13

I don't think coach fish needs amare to tell him that. Fish is gonna be fine and I cannot see guys taking advantage of fish.

Amare better be ready to d up.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

“For the young players who are not as professional as they should be, I will look for him to put his foot down and really be firm about his teaching strategy and even for veteran players who don’t want to buy into it, you got to put your foot down,” 


See Iman Shumpert...STAT not holding back huh? 

Chris
Chris

Amarie has his faults, one of them however is not work ethic. Fisher had his limitations, again one of them was never work ethic. Our team last year showed no work ethic at all. Either before the season, in traing camp or during the season, good luck guys, if I were a player, I would come in ready this year

ScottE
ScottE

"For young players who are not as professional as the should be"

JR anyone?

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Chris 

Felton did looked like he was carrying around about 30 -40 lbs more than he had any right coming to camp with. If I had to guess I would say that Phil Jackson was not only disturbed with Felton's ineffective point guard play and horrendous defense last season, but also the fact that Felton appeared so out of shape. Jackson probably was in the locker room before or after one of the Knicks games, and when he glanced over at Felton sans his Knicks jersey he probably got so disgusted he determined right then and there that he would not have Felton on the team next season!  Jackson knew professionalism and discipline was missing and that he can instill and teach that, but if an athlete don't care about getting in shape and being conditioned to play at the highest level in his sport then he is not going to play for a Phil Jackson run team! 

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Chris

Felton did looked like he was carrying around about 30 -40 lbs more than he had any right coming to camp with. If I had to guess I would say that Phil Jackson was not only disturbed with Felton's ineffective point guard play and horrendous defense last season, but also the fact that Felton appeared so out of shape. Jackson probably was in the locker room before or after one of the Knicks games, and when he glanced over at Felton sans his Knicks jersey he probably got so disgusted he determined right then and there that he would not have Felton on the team next season!  Jackson knew professionalism and discipline was missing and that he can get instill and teach that, but if an athlete don't care about getting in shape and being conditioned to play at the highest level in his sport then he is not going to play for a Phil Jackson run team! 

ScottE
ScottE

@Chris I'm hopeful that Fisher will use his position to send messages.  You and I were frustrated early on @ Woodson for trotting out the guys that obviously hadn't been putting in the work.  Our backups would have probably netted us the same amount of wins, but it would have sent a message that regardless of your talent, you will be held accountable.  It takes ego.  Fisher and Jackson most certainly have it.  One of the things I always said about PJ is that he was successful because his ego was bigger than his players.  I am confident that Fisher has the same attributes.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@ScottE  Would JR still be considered a young player though? He's been in the NBA for 9yrs now. I think he may fall more into the 2nd telling part of the quote: "for veteran players who don’t want to buy into it"

rico
rico

@Sandro Guedes @MeloStat301 he was hired to be the coach not the GM. Be interested in seeing the wizardry that clears the knicks roster this season.  ain't gonna happen.  

ScottE
ScottE

@Brian Webster @ScottE Based on years in the league, I guess he's not a young player.  Based on his "tweets," he's undeniably a young player.