Could waiting on Derek Fisher hurt the Knicks?

Keith Schlosser

Steve Kerr has been hired to coach the Warriors. It appears as though Brian Shaw will be staying put in Denver. And now, Tyronn Lue will reportedly be interviewing for the Cavaliers’ head coaching vacancy (Wojnarowski, May 25)

USATSI_7885718_110579513_lowresDon’t look now, but many of the Knicks’ top coaching candidates appear to be making other arrangements.

By now, it’s clear Phil Jackson prefers waiting to speak with Derek Fisher before moving forward with the Knicks’ coaching search. Whether or not that comes back to haunt the team, remains to be seen.

Of course, Fisher is still competing in the Western Conference Finals as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Though there’s been talk of Jackson’s former point guard retiring at the end of this season, nothing is set in stone. In fact, OKC head coach Scott Brooks even suggested that it wouldn’t surprise him to see the five-time NBA champion return to play out one more season next year (Stein & Shelburne, May 19).

Even so, should Fisher in fact go on to retire, there’s no guarantee that he’ll want to transition into such a new role so soon. Right now, the veteran has said all of the right things and is being as politically correct about the speculation as can be. With that in mind, however, he hasn’t been one to tip his hand as to any plans for the future.

Interestingly enough, those who have made transitioning into becoming a head coach, not too long removed from their playing days, have made such a move an interesting trend. They searched for such positions all on their own. Mark Jackson openly campaigned for a job while serving as a commentator for ESPN and Jason Kidd actually reached out to the Nets about their respective opening last summer.

In those respective cases, it was easy to understand such candidates were ready to make the move. It doesn’t appear to be as clear cut when it comes to Fisher.

With that in mind, are Jackson and the Knicks digging themselves a potential hole while not exploring other options in the meantime? As they wait on Fisher, New York needs to be careful they don’t lose out on other candidates worth considering.

Should Fisher opt to play another year, decide he wants time off, or even find another gig instead (a la Kerr), the Knicks could be left grasping for straws. Perhaps it’d be best to start being a little bit more proactive about the process to ensure the best hire is made, regardless of whether or not it ends up being Fisher.




192 comments
Mel Brown
Mel Brown

Ppl always say that Lebron is the greatest basketball player this league has seen in a long time.


I say- Lebron is the greatest athlete that the NBA has seen in a long time.  


Basketball wise Kobe Bean Bryant is the closest thing we've seen to Jordan.  Footwork, Mindset, Killer instinct, it ain't close.   Kobe took a soft Pau Gasol to two chips....

theking
theking

just ask thibs or Jackson if they would be willing to learn the triangle while also installing some of there sets ill take that over fisher

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

From these playoffs, I have learned that my dislike for the Nets and Pacers is greater than the Heat.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

I guess it's viable for other teams to do a quick rebuild once their expiring contracts come off the books but not the Knicks.   Smh....incredible.

angelbx
angelbx

Any real knick fan would never give lebron ANY CREDIT.... how can you say he's the best ever@ anything when he could never do IT by himself. Till this day stern / new guy / refs / media have all carried his hand. This guy is a little cry baby , always whining always acting.. I have zero respect for this man. Do you forget the chandler pick? do you remember that acting golden globe scene of the decade - And yet i hear comparisons to 5 time champ magic - eleventeen time champ babe ruth - like cut it out.... The guy is a diva and a cry baby. Stop it son

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Lebron today is like babe Ruth in 1928.. His skill level is That much beyond everyone else in the league

madskills
madskills

Give the Knicks a competent coach and point guard and we'll be one of the better teams in the east easily.

madskills
madskills

The Pacers are a few pieces away. They need another scorer for starters.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown 

The Knicks need a build, rather than a rebuild. We are a lottery team without the pick. We fired our coach, GM, and will see a totally new team in 2015-16.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@pezhao Like the way Cleveland built around him? 

It's Bosh! Not Bosch.

RivDim
RivDim

@angelbx Yeah and Magic or MJ didn't have the league or media in their back pockets? Please. Jordan didn't cry, whine, plead, for calls? I think the whole flopping thing is beneath him but their is not much else new under the sun as it relates to Lebron's stardom. Magic Johnson is my favorite player of all time. But I would hardly call playing in LA alongside arguably the greatest center of all time and James Worthy doing it all by himself. Nothing new under the sun here to see.

Chris
Chris

@BiggieTKB Ruth had one skill that the other players didn`t have, that was power. He also had a ballpark custom built for him. Aside from that he was fat out of shape and not a good defender, yea your right LeRoid is like Ruth

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

I think Wayne Gretzky would also be an apt comparison.
The best way to describe LeBron would be a super athletic Magic Johnson.

brookdon
brookdon

I think they are one true scorer away.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@Knicks_Fanatic I disagree, this is a team that has it's core players in tact from the 60 win season.  I think a bonafide pg and good coach, and keeping Bargs on the bench will put this team in top 3 in east.


ppl overstate things.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@pezhao The heat are the oldest team in the league.  Outside of the big three, you have an aging Ray Allen pushing 40,  Shane Battier pushing late 30's on verge of retiring, Aging Rashard Lewis.


Someone remind me, what is the solid foundation of players outside the big three??


oh, i forgot.....an aging udonis haslem.  

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic Magic and Lebron are once in a generation type of players, no doubt.


But I fail to see the comparison. Aside from their size and ballhandling.

Sure, Lebron is a point forward, but Magic was a class of his own.


For all the talk about LBJ making his teammates better, he'll never have the playmaking abilities, court vision, or the floor general skills Magic brought.

Yes, he's a willing passer, but isolation is where he does most damage.

Lebron can't play the 5, while Magic won a ring playing at that position. 

Magic was a 10+ assists per for his career. 

That was a player that truly wanted to make others thrive off his talent.


Lebron's a monster and is the best player this league has seen in a long, long time.

But Magic's was/is/will be in a league of his own.

Brought new life to the game, reinvented the PG/SF position. The epitome of team player, even in a team filled with stars. The perfect combination of discipline, flash, and overall play.

theking
theking

@Mel Brown @theking @Knicks_Fanatic  I heard clyde say that towards the end of the season ... when I said it on here some laughed at me shows how much knowledge they have of the game

theking
theking

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic  facts. ppl gotta understand that when felton bumass scored more then 10 0r 11 ppg we were damn near unbeatable so imagine if we had a 15 ppg pg or a 20 ppg pg

Chris
Chris

@pezhao Having LeRoid is like the equivalence of 2 or 3 Melos? That is not even close to a realistic statement. 2 or 3?. Melo is the toughest player to defend in the league (Kobe, not Chris` statement) The Knicks simply are missing 2 major ingredients. A second star, and a decent coach

theking
theking

@Mel Brown @theking  its simple math. get some reliable talent around him and we make noise in the post season. every year chandler and stat are hurt that's a lot of money that could have went to some reliable talent.

theking
theking

@Mel Brown  melo had billups went to the wcf and played good against the championship team lakers. get melo a floor general and we should be fine.  don't need a allstar team like LeBron does

theking
theking

@pezhao  that good that he needs two or 3 melos to win?

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

I will take Melo with two or three Melos and they would compete for a chip.  
That's not saying much.  Lebron is good but needs another dominant scorer to win a chip.  
The formula, "he traditional formula works best: two stars plus a solid support cast."  can work with Melo just as well.  


So, just to rehash the notion that the Heat have a solid foundation outside the big three is non-sense and if the same formula is applied to Melo then Melo would compete for a chip like Lebron.  



NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@pezhao @NoVaCaInE Wrong! LeBron stated already he will not take a pay cut. 

It amazes me how people continue to downplay the affect Wade has had on LeBron improving his game. There's no question about LeBron being the best player in the game.  He's been the best for a while. But, no Wade, no Heat Dynasty. If it were LeBron & Bosh in Cleveland, he's still chasing his 1st ring. 

theking
theking

@pezhao @NoVaCaInE  yea but lets not act like he doesn't have a allstar team supporting cast. just saying

brookdon
brookdon

I still have Bird as the greatest 3. 25-10-6 for his career and multiple seasons at 50-40-90? Their games are different but LB's stats were unreal.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic I'm there with you in terms of versatility, though I still think Magic's impact on the game was bigger than LBJ's.

But, yeah, LBJ has owned the best SF spot for a while.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay @Knicks_Fanatic 

Can you think any other players as versatile as Magic and LeBron? That was the point. Yes, Magic had a ton of assists, but LeBron is the better shooter, scorer, and defender. Both will go down as the best ever in their position.

brookdon
brookdon

@carlhill I think you are seriously underrating Wade's role in this series. He carried the team in game three. He's still an amazing player.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon Once the Heat are done (not too long from now, you'll have:

- Washington with Beal and Wall as one of the most dominating backcourts in the league (imo, it'll be like that very soon)

- Rondo + the C's back in the fold with their eternal list of draft picks from here to eternity. Ainge's smart enough to make something happen and put together a winning squad soon enough.

- Atlanta will be your classic first round exit playoff team, so they'll always be able to put up a good fight.

- You got Toronto up and coming, though I sincerely doubt they can re create what they did this season.

- Charlotte's just beginning their road. The potential is there for a while.


Most of these teams have room for growth. I don't know how much better George and Hibbert can be. 

madskills
madskills

@brookdon The Heat era won't last too much longer imo. Wade has another year or two tops left in those knees.

brookdon
brookdon

They aren't. They will be forced to wait out the Heat era before they have a real chance at anything like most teams in the East.

Paul George is a nice all around player but not the dominant scorer who can match Lebron point for point when necessary that they need.