Derek Fisher has “not given any thought” to the rumors linking him to the Knicks head coach vacancy (Amick, May 19).
“I’ve kept all my options open for years for that reason. I’ve been asked for more than a decade what I’m doing next,” Fisher said. “You go through your process at the appropriate time, and then you decide from there.”
Fisher, who is still playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, could opt to move into an organization’s front office, as opposed to a coaching position (TKB, March 25).
He said he will not speak to Phil Jackson until after the season is over (Isola, May 19).
Harris DeckerLet’s make one thing crystal clear. As a fan of the NBA, this is exactly what I’d want Derek Fisher to say. He’s an NBA pro with years and years of experience and while he might want to coach one day, his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder are just four wins away from the NBA Finals. Fisher should be focused on playing the Spurs.
That’s the NBA fan in me. The Knicks fan in me is screaming something totally different. With Steve Kerr off the board, the Knicks need to fill their vacancy at coach grows stronger each and every day. Phil Jackson can’t legitimately start to rebuild the Knicks without a coach and it seems as though Fisher’s name has become the focus of that search.
I expect Fisher to continue to focus on the series against the Spurs and if the Thunder are able to reach the NBA Finals the Knicks will likely have to move on. The shorter the series, the better a chance that Fisher interviews with the Knicks and is one step closer to being the teams next head coach.