Knicks’ pursuit of Derek Fisher to ‘ramp up’ this week

Sam Spiegelman

The New York Knicks’ pursuit of Derek Fisher as their next coach is expected to “ramp up” this week, according to ESPN.

In addition, this time it’s anticipated that Phil Jackson and the team will have success landing their fish.

Sources told ESPN Monday that “things could take shape quickly in the early part of the week.”

However, team officials remain skeptical about calling any deal is a done deal since what occurred with Steve Kerr. Then, they felt Kerr to the Knicks was a “done deal.”

Per the report, the Knicks’ major fear is that Fisher decides to play another year in the league. If Fisher decides to hang up his cleats, though, the team is confident they can hire the 39-year-old to be their next head coach.




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chudogz1
chudogz1

I said Fisher long ago, while Kerr was still available... He played the game and has lots of friends in the league, that respect him... Kobe and KD just to name a few! Knicksgirl35 agreed with me then, not many others... I'm sticking to my guns, and if KD gets tired of losing to the team that joined forces, he may have to follow the "blue print"... That being said, this years and next years moves will impact our future heavily!! I'm not sure JayZ allows his client, KD, to sign with us over Brooklyn tho.... And everyone harping on Phil, can you tell me one great move any of our past GMs did in their 1st month or so on the job?? All the last GMs went and hired the big name guy (Mike "no D" Antoni) or their friend from college (WoodRow) and those were failures... Why not give the guy a chance? Zen is about patience...

brookdon
brookdon

Calipari turned down $80 mil from the Cavs over 10 years lol. No one wants that Cavs job.

Calipari will never leave this cushy Kentucky job so I don't know why NBA teams keep trying.

rico
rico

I don't get a great feeling with this "phil hired a coach to be his puppet" thing.

Not sure it's going to work for the players, buying into a coach who's not really the coach.  Phil would be wise to speak with a few of the available coaches off the reservation (as they say).  Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson would at least make for interesting dinner company and hoops-conversation, and who knows maybe possible hires if the jax-sycophant plan doesn't pan

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Doesn't look like Fisher is a candidate for either the Lakers or Cavs.

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Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

Tim Legler said that Fish could potentially be better than Kerr and Jason Kidd.

Why not have Fisher as player-coach of Knicks?

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

Lets get down to reality here. Is Fisher really the best coach for this team? Guy has been a true leader for a long long time in this league. He is young, 39, and understands todays players as he is one of them. Guy has made clutch shots, been part of great teams and should command the respect from the players on the team. He's a full effort player too. 


If it goes down, Great hiring. Guy with extremely high IQ .

The L Train
The L Train

Did this guy really say "hang up the cleats" ??? what basketball player wears cleats.. get this goof off this site and bring back Mr. Tommy Dee

theking
theking

@chudogz  sheesh what else help does he need? he playing with a top 5 pg and a top 7 power forward if that's not help what is

chudogz1
chudogz1

@brookdon. I read it was 60, and he got $54 mill from Kentucky... He used them as leverage, I'm just glad it finally wasn't us being used... That said, if Fisher doesn't come on board, I like Billy Donavan!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Lee Lewin Personally, I'm as unsure with Fisher as I was with Kerr. I'm not sold that a rookie coach is what this team needs.

I understand that whoever comes in will be mentored by Phil, but by no means will it translate to similar Zen-like approach Phil had. Regardless of what system you preach, it's how you preach it that separates you from the rest.

I'd rather have a seasoned coach, but Phil deserves te benefit of the doubt, especiallysonce the only moves he's made were to fire dead weight and take a chance on a high reward player (that can be dumped at any time). 

Obviously, there needs to be an element of trust here. We have to believe Phil's doing what he deems best for this organization, and it starts with him putting his stamp all over it.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Gee Daniels @Lee Lewin For now, I think it's the best choice.

I'm sure that in the future we'll have plenty of reasons to either praise or criticize him.

The L Train
The L Train

@VerySilentJay @The L Train no. only in football, baseball and soccer. you know.. where they actually wear cleats. not where cleats need not apply. that's like saying a golf player is hanging up his jersey for good. if you don't believe me do a google search with the phrase "basketball players hanging up the cleats" and you will see references to baseball and football players. THEN do a search for "baseball players hanging up the cleats" it's really simple stuff.. phrasing is key.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@The L Train @VerySilentJay Hold on. It's used "only in football, baseball, and soccer", but it's not a sports phrase?

It's used generically and metaphorically all over the world, friend.

And if that's your basis for judging an individual...

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@The L Train Yeah, sure, "'ll be the natural fool" for not being so literal with people's words.

Take a pill friend, relax.

The L Train
The L Train

@VerySilentJay @The L Train it's not rocket science. you claim they use the term for ALL sports. but google doesn't agree with you. just stop while you're not too far behind.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @Gee Daniels Imo, judgment should be reserved until whatever moves he makes have a direct impact on the team.


What we know (or read actually).


- He was straight up with the team and told them that not everyone would come back next season.

- He talked to Melo and advised him to opt in instead of going for the mega deal (which should sit well with your pov)

- He got rid of all the dead weight, including Herb, who should've been out of there years ago.

- He gave Odom a non guaranteed contract. There's no damage in seeing how he's looking through the offseason and how he fares in trainning camp and preseason. After all, his best basketball came under Phil. There's no reason to see how he reacts here. Worst case scenario, he's done and he can be cut at any time without losing a roster spot.

- He had a verbal agreement with Kerr and allowed him to go to the GS interview and asked him to choose what was best for him, which for Kerr meant being close to his family.

- Wants to be active in the draft and is already doing his homework

- Won't hesitate to trade anyone

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

SMH... just get it over with already...

#offyoself

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@The L Train @VerySilentJay I could care less what GOOGLE says about it, looool.

Using a search engine for such an irrelevant discussion doesn't really make me feel "too far behind".

LMFAO

The L Train
The L Train

@VerySilentJay @The L Train underestimate google all you like.. it's only a search engine for everything on the internet including phrases typed by almost everyone with a keyboard. if there are little results for the information you claim then it means the majority doesn't agree with your sentiments. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@The L Train @VerySilentJay Well, like I said, in MY experience, fellow colleagues and interviewess from all over the world have used this term, as I said, METAPHORICALLY.

They weren't literally "hanging up cleats", they were just retiring.


That's what I was pointing out.

If you can't understand that, it's cool. I'm just talking from my experience with people I've talked throguhout the years.

Like I said, you're taking it a bit too literal while those I've spoken with used it as a metaphor.