Fisher hopes to have staff in place by Vegas Summer League

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Derek Fisher said he hopes to have his staff in place by the start of the Las Vegas Summer League next month.

“Obviously, we want to prepare for the Vegas Summer League, so hopefully we can do it soon,” the new Knicks coach said at his introductory press conference. “That’s going to be very important.”

Asked if he would have former head coaches on his staff — Kurt Rambis, among others, has been rumored — Fisher said it was a possibility.

“I don’t know if there’s a guarantee of that,” he said. “I know it’s been talked about a lot. I think finding the right balance is definitely going to be key, so I think experience will be key. Whether it’s a former head coach or not, we’ll get to that. But our staff is going to be important, not just because I don’t have any experience as a head coach but your staff is also a big key to success.”

Fisher figures to have other members of Phil Jackson’s inner circle on his staff, potentially including some mix of Bill Cartwright, Jim Cleamons and Frank Hamblen, as Frank Isola pointed out.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




173 comments
donche
donche

Whoever is blaming Melo for this past season must forget the numbers Felton/Shump/JR/amare put up along with the amount of minutes they played. Lebron would be the only athlete to take that group along with Woodson yo the playoffs...and he'd lose in the first round.

Melo might leave and we can build without him but dont lie like he's the real problem here. Felton and Woodson is the reason we lost. A good coach and a PG with a pulse would of had us in the playoffs.

RadioRah
RadioRah

Just saw the press conference. Feel way better about the decision. Love Fish's poise and heartfelt answers. He said himself, his whole career has lead up to this moment. Fish is a winner and he comes across as a genuine dude. Beside PJ trusts him. Think this just might work.....eventually. I need help from some of y'all to remember to be patient with this process during the season. Next up Melo. KNICKSTAPE!!

Btw for everybody applauding how articulate Fish is, let's give a round of applause to Steve Mills. Didn't even know he could talk. Good look Steve.

chudogz1
chudogz1

Guys, it takes a star to attract other stars! Don't forget that, atleast Melo had big enough cajones to come here and take the challenge.... Get over it

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

Stephan A says Melo and Lebron want to play together

and Knicks have legit shot at bringing them together next off season 

he says it 95% chance it will happen

chudogz1
chudogz1

Well atleast Phil, Derek and Steve Mills want Melo back... They know ALOT more about basketball than the Melo haters on here...... People wanna rebuild with no draft picks, which are the key to a rebuild..... SMH... I'm just praying for Melo to prove that it was the coach and ISO ball that killed us, and then I wanna hear what the naysayers are gonna say... And don't change your screen names so I can shout you out... You all know who you are

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Remember how the media made it seem like the fvking sky was falling when Kerr took the GS job? Phil stayed as cool as the other side of the pillow.  We should all be excited to witness the implementation of a consistent, long-term vision across management, coaching, and players in this new era of Knick basketball.  Doesn't feel like a "Plan B" to me at least.


Funniest part of today's presser:

Phil: "This is a generation that's a little bit different than the one I grew up with...Derek has kinda gotten into that beat...and he's hip-hop ready to get going with this group of guys and their language.

Fisher, laughing and shaking his head: "This guy..."

brookdon
brookdon

Might as well start the Wiggins in 2020 watch now lol.

Durant isn't coming here.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. So that means he sucked last year, or he had no help or coach to show him the right path to follow? You need to let what was said sink in... I heard him say Carmelo was not only one of the best players in the league, but best in the world.... I'm done with this convo, watch the introductory press conference again Pal... Like I said, I'm with Phil, Derek and their 18 rings, not you and others who expected Carmelo and the bad news bears to win 3rd in the East...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@OLDKNICK. he's here right now... Gee Daniels!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Chudogz, if Melo leaves you will probably jump of Brooklyn Bridge...I want Melo to stay but not at a max contract...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@OLDKNICK. it's well documented he wants to play with Melo, his good friend.... Don't sleep on that happening, in Miami! I hate to say it, but their the only team that can afford to resign both players at max...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BigChiefTriangle. He said: " no one listens to Greatful Dead no more" LMAO

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. WHATEVER... Obviously your a republican... When was the last team that won anything with the big one? It's calked the big 3 for a reason.... If you consider BarnBoy, Amare or Tyson any part of a big 3, we definitely need to end this convo... Felton was ranked the worst starting point guard in the league, and Amare, Tyson and Bargnani are 3 of the worst contracts in the league.... That's on the organization, which as you stated above, is what it's all about... If our organization is so great, how come no real top tier player ever wanted to come here??? DUHHHHH

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Tony Fonseca.... NOT!!! When did I say max contract??? Please refresh my memory... More like, when Melo stays, you're gonna change your screen name to LaLa

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Says Gee Daniels... LMAO... If the coach says run ISO, what's the player to do? What about the year b4, when he had players that were really coaches? He just all of a sudden started running his own ISO? PLEASE... Who was his help, BarnBoy? Fatty? Shump? Brick hands Tyson? Broken down Stat? JR the stoner? Timmy the rookie? Like I said, I'll agree with Phil n Derek and their 18 rings... U can agree with Sandro... ROFLMWAO... Let's talk next season, don't change your screen name!

johneco
johneco

@chudogz  Tyson was the #2 player on a championship team.  And they won it basically with a big one.  I know what you're saying, but there are always exceptions.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Dog, if they really felt he sucked, as you do, we wouldn't be having this conversation, they wouldn't want him to opt in for this year... That's common sense, which someone once told me, isn't so common!!! If he sucks, why do they want him to stay??? FOH... Like I said, this convo is done, I'm with Phil n Derek... That's that... I don't care who says what... They said he's great and they want him back, I want him back, minus Fatty, brick hands, JR, Amare and BarnBoy... Have a great evening, and best of luck with that roster!!!

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Chudogz, I will be happy if he stays and we still have money to sign another star.. the difference is that you is Melo or bust and I want a TEAM above any player.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Gee Daniels me too. That is why we just saw SA cream Leflop and the cHeat..

theking
theking

@chudogz  don't even waste your time ... him along with others when the knicks were winning went missing

theking
theking

@johneco @chudogz  Tyson number 2 over marion? kidd? barea? etc? stop it Tyson was the best defender not the second best player

theking
theking

@chudogz  he doesn't have to say melo is a bum but why bring him up? did they hear anything about chandler or stat? but on this blog melo is overrated and a bum

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels BECAUSE THEY KNOW HES THE ONLY GUY WORTH ANYTHING ON THIS TEAM...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. Dude, the team sucked, the coach sucked and some of the fans are obviously dumber than Dolan, if that's possible.... If he's in Dolans ear, why is Woodson gone??

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. You act like you work in Steve Mills office.... Who's giving you all your info?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. What a joke... They want him to stay because he's under contract? Amare is under contract to, you think they want him to stay? BarnBoy is under contract too. You think they want him to stay?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@theking. Chandler too, guy never got a post up game, been in the league like 10 years, misses alley oops and all, yet it's on Melo, who's stats all went up, including REBOUNDS!!!

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. LOL... Were talking about the Knicks... This is a Knicks blog, NOT CARMELO blog... The whole team sucked, whether Gee Daniels thinks so or not... If a player has no help, what's he to do? I seen Melo pass to plenty of people all year, and that player would consistently shoot bricks, especially Felton! Melo is the best player we've had in years, why don't you try and look at the good he has done instead of scrutinize him, while he's playing with SCRubs!!! You're comparing us to teams that have a real big 3.... And acting like Melo is the GM and coach... SMH

theking
theking

@Gee Daniels @theking @chudogz  im speaking about the team since its bigger then one person according to you .. if melo gets blame why does the entire team get a free pass

theking
theking

@chudogz  I told you before why waste your time ... some here think dragic is a better defender others think wall and kyrie are batman ... you cant win on this blog

theking
theking

@chudogz  leave it alone they don't understand ....


felton is ranked 32 out of 30 starting pg shumps averages 6 ppg stat is the highest paid bench player and do you want me to get on chandler? but melo is suppose to carry them bums lol

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels please end the convo...it was one on 5.... Who was the help and why didn't they show up? And how come you haven't mentioned Amare once? He gets more $$ than Melo... It's obvious you have tunnel vision, or horse blinders... Don't talk to me no more until you have something good to say... You've yet to tell me who his help is/was, so let's end it

chudogz1
chudogz1

@theking @SheSaidSpikeWho EXACTLY. He thinks your joking, that's the funny part.... Fatty was getting toasted by backups all year... Sheldon Mack ate him up, Augustine ate him up, Livingston ate him up... Yet it's Melos fault... I wonder why Phil told Fatty in exit meetings that he was getting traded... He def didn't tell Melo that!!! SMH

theking
theking

@chudogz  stat was the help lol idk one team that relies on the highest paid player to be the "help"

theking
theking

@chudogz  its all because he didn't want to offend him knowing we getting Durant in 2016 lmao

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@theking @SheSaidSpikeWho @chudogz Lol I'm not even knocking you, King. Felton blew chunks this year. It was just funny. Long day at work...had some drinks while watching the game...you are entertaining me for sure lol. 

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Gee Daniels. It's a fact bro