Phil Jackson speaks to Derek Fisher about head coaching job

Phil Jackson spoke to Derek Fisher, one of his top head coaching targets, on Wednesday (Wojnarowski, June 5).

The plan is for Jackson and Fisher to speak again early next week.

It’s expected that Fisher will spend the weekend making a final decision about whether to retire from playing.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Fisher has been “leaning strongly” toward ending his playing career in order to pursue coaching.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Though such news isn’t surprising, Fisher to the Knicks shouldn’t be considered a forgone conclusion. As New York ultimately learned with Steve Kerr, nothing is guaranteed.

Despite how likely things appear, the fact of the matter is that Fisher could still return to play another year.

When considering potential player turned head coach candidates, Fisher should stand atop of the list. The likes of Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson have proven in recent seasons that making such a transition can ultimately be a successful one for those well known leaders on the court.

Still, the unknown surrounding Fisher’s intentions to make this very transition right away is concerning, as it relates to the Knicks’ coaching search. Much like the Kerr courtship,  all of New York’s focus appears to be on the five-time NBA champ. Jackson and co. are putting all of their eggs in one basket, but ultimately, could be left at the alter once again.

There are many possibilities. Fisher could return to play another year. He could decide he needs some time off after retiring from the game. What’s more, with his family based in Los Angeles, the veteran could also come to the conclusion that working in the Big Apple is simply too far out of the way.

There is certainly reason to be optimistic regarding Fisher’s credentials as a coach. Despite how unorthodox such a hire may be, he’s undoubtedly qualified. Having said that, perhaps the Knicks should also consider other options instead of going all in.

They’ve been burned before, so it’s important New York allows themselves enough time (with regard to the pursuit of Fisher) to pick up the pieces and target someone else, should Fisher opt not to come to the Big Apple.




37 comments
rgm891
rgm891

The best thing I like about the possibility of fisher is that he can teach players to play off stars. We need that desperately.

johneco
johneco

Besides the Lakers, I'm also worried that Fisher might decide to play one more year.  He had a decent year, the wheels haven't totally fallen off yet like they did with Kidd.

rb3b3
rb3b3

See the problem is when you take Winstrol, and its very hot your muscles suck all the water out of them, making you cramp and often times you pull muscles in that type environment. The cramping hurts so bad. Moral of the story...Jordan would have still played, and Lebron stop juicing!Edit (in 3 minutes)

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Yet AGAIN I ask..Melo isn't a Phil Jackson type player???  LOL:


The Knicks won just 37 games last season. They don’t have a draft pick -- yet -- and don’t have any cap space to chase free agents.

So, there’s a theory out there that the Knicks will have to suffer through another year of mediocrity in 2014-15 while they wait to rebuild in the summer of 2015. 

Phil Jackson doesn’t necessarily subscribe to that theory.

The Knicks president said last week that if the team re-signs Carmelo Anthony, he thinks the 'Bockers can be back in contention in the Eastern Conference next season.



http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

This air conditioning stuff is stupid...lol...so Lebron was the only one uncomfortable last night in 92 degrees? Lol...anybody who has played ball on outdoor courts in the middle of august..or a gym with no windows...knows wha sup...I'm sure Lebron has played in those conditions in his lifetime...smh...lol.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Robin Lundberg....the biggest Lebron homer....sounds really heart broken right now....LOL!!

lobcity1
lobcity1

So thoughts on Fish becoming the HC of the Knicks? It looks like if the $ is right then Fish will jump on board. I'm not sure about this hiring.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Turn off the AC and Lebron catches cramps. Nice job Silver. Picking up where Stern left off.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Remember when Shump would cramp up as a rookie? He seems to have got over that, but then again it's hard to cramp up when you are in the doghouse.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

lol Bron couldn't finish a game due to leg cramp? i mean Kurt Thomas finished a game on one foot and ended his season with a W 

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

Conspiracy theory..... 


I wonder if the Spurs took salt tablets?


LMAO

brookdon
brookdon

This cramping thing with Lebron is crazy. Every year.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Fish will make far more as a coach at this point in his career.

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

I strongly sense this will be our next coach, especially with the Lakers being fixated on a more experienced coach.

johneco
johneco

@rb3b3  You're prolly right.  But some people just have tight muscles and cramp even without roids.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

I eluded to that theory last week... I don't get how people just expect Phil and the Knicks to accept 'lying down' for a season... Especially if Melo stays... it just doesn't make sense to me....

1harris1
1harris1

I'm not sure that he sounds unexcited about the job. People on this site are killing him about a comment he made concerning his fears of NYC when he was a rookie. To me, that's irrelevant as to how he would handle the Knicks scene presently as a coach.

I don't think Fisher is going to deliberate on this like Kerr did, as I suspect we'll know within a week what he decides to do. It would be interesting to see who "Plan C" is if he turns the Knicks down.

rb3b3
rb3b3

@MeloStat301  See the problem is when you take Winstrol, and its very hot your muscles suck all the water out of them, aking you cramp and often times you pull muscles in that type environment. The cramping hurts so bad. Moral of the story...Jordan would have still played, and Lebron stop juicing!

Chris
Chris

@bonobo Stop the racist language. Whatever name you come on here under you do the same thing. There is no place for that language on this site. We take off offensive language and leave racist language on?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Come on man....Lebron was the only one playing with no AC??? Also....I'm sure Lebron has played in hotter conditions in his lifetime....he just catches cramps frequently.

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@Knicks_Fanatic Yeah I was thinking of that when I heard of Lebron's cramp. Good thing Shump has that behind him.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@illmatix


That's call "professionalism" and "discipline", two traits that Phil Jackson "zenned" into his players individually and into his team on the whole!

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

Sports media didn't believe in the success of the 54 win season. They'd rather subscribe to the belief that we showed our true colors this year. Success in Knicks' land is viewed as an anomaly. I expect a respectable team next year. But hating on the Knicks has become everyone's second favorite basketball pastime, and they are not trying to let that go. To earn respect across the league the Knicks will have to take it, and earn it to a degree that no other team ever had to.

Chris
Chris

@bonobo Thanks to  whomever deleted that racist post. Not acceptable to make racist remarks anywhere. There can be no tolerance for that behavior

Chris
Chris

@OLDKNICK @Chris @bonobo I understand who is doing it, but if I see it I will always comment. I do it in my practices, in my classroom too

brookdon
brookdon

Bill still getting it in at an old age lol

Chris
Chris

@OLDKNICK Yup, and we should not let someone have a pass on it