Sam SpiegelmanThey say point guards turn out to the best NBA coaches. How do they translate to front office jobs?
According to USA TODAY Sports, Derek Fisher is another former Lakers great that could join the New York Knicks front office. Phil Jackson will spend the rest of the season and the offseason piecing together a staff, and one name to keep an eye on is his former point guard.
“Eventually, he’ll (Phil Jackson) bring in some of his own people,” NBA reporter Sam Amick said. “One name you should not be surprised to hear eventually is Derek Fisher. He won five championships with Phil with the Lakers. He has a lot of respect from the Zen Master. Phil referred to Derek as a natural leader with exceptional emotional intelligence and finely tuned management skills. Derek has already announced his retirement at the end of this season. We shall see if these two guys get back together.”
When Jackson was first rumored to be accepting a role within the Knicks organization, Fisher told the Los Angeles Times he could see his former coach on the sidelines again.
Fisher played nine seasons under Jackson with seven NBA Finals appearances. The two have remained in contact through texts since Jackson retired from the Lakers.