Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
That Derek Fisher introductory press conference with the Knicks took another step toward reality after Nuggets President Josh Kroenke told Yahoo! Sports that Brian Shaw isn’t going anywhere.
“Brian has said publicly – and privately to us – that his desire is to be here, and we feel strongly about him as our coach,” Kroenke told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t foresee a scenario or circumstance where he’s going to be anywhere but with the Nuggets next season.”
With Shaw out of the picture, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! called Fisher the “frontrunner for the Knicks job,” according to league sources.
Fisher and the Oklahoma City Thunder are down 2-0 to the San Antonio Spurs, with Game 3 set for Sunday night in OKC.
Playing without big ma Serge Ibaka, the Thunder look like they could get swept or lose in five games.
At that point, Knicks President Phil Jackson would be able to speak with Fisher, who played for Jackson with the Lakers, about potentially taking the Knicks job.
“We touched base right before his official press conference [in March] when he accepted the job,’’ Fisher recently told the New York Post of Jackson. “Since then, we haven’t spoken. Obviously he’s busy trying to make the changes he needs to make there. I have a day job as well. I think he respects that more than anybody. He taught me a lot about how to operate at this time of year.
“We talk every offseason. I’m sure we’ll talk again when this season is over. But I don’t have any intention of reaching out to him. I think he respects what I’m in right now as well.’’