Phil Jackson to be fined $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher

Phil Jackson will be fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering with Derek Fisher (Stein, June 2).

Jackson identified Fisher as a possible head coach candidate in a recent press conference.

Fisher is expected to meet with the Knicks this week, since he is no longer playing in the NBA Playoffs (TKB, June 2).

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

This is certainly a unique circumstance. It further validates how rather unorthodox Jackson’s vision for seeking out potential head coaching candidates really is. It’s not everyday a team like the Knicks targets an opposing team’s player as a coach, much less while he’s still competing.

Of course, this isn’t your everyday tampering charge and/or allegation. That said, the five-time NBA champion was fielding questions from the media about the Knicks’ vacancy amid the Thunder’s Western Conference Finals matchup against the Spurs, so perhaps it did create somewhat of a distraction for Oklahoma City along the way.

Jackson’s comments late last week merely confirmed what had been thoroughly speculated previously. Such remarks went on to cost him.

On the other hand, one can appreciate how transparent Jackson has been throughout his search for the next head coach of the Knicks. It’s rather refreshing. It could be argued that providing the fan base with a bit more clarity (re: Jackson’s vision) at this rather transitional juncture for the team is necessary, despite the subsequent costs.

The everyday fan isn’t likely to put the same price tag on Jackson’s comments as the NBA.




47 comments
Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

Sounds like Thunder are bitter about their loss and need someone to take it out on. If I'm Phil, I send $50k with a picture of my rings. It's a drop in the ocean for him anyway..

C0P0
C0P0

Because Fish was the game changer they need but he was distracted.

OK..C now you're Fish-ing for excuses. 

Spurs just bust that a--.

meloin5
meloin5

Phil stop chasing Triangular coaches.  The astute ones perceived your desperation for that requirement and are taking advantage of you for riches elsewhere.  Take a chance on a Homegrown coach with a winning record Mark Jackson.  And then support him with the complementary players for the best scorer in the NBA Melo. 

rico
rico

How about b-slapping Joachim Noah and the Bulls for retrying to woo Melo all year. They used to give the tamperers draft pick to the offended.  We could use a 1st rounder! 

chuco
chuco

Man was lame fisher was no distraction they just mad they lost

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Casey Harden
Casey Harden

Whew!!! At least they didn't take this years first round pick.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Okc filed a complaint. Do they want to hire him or something? Why do they care? We didn't care that the nets were talking to Kidd for weeks during the playoffs. Lol

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

Who cares? Phil is probably laughing at the individuals who believe he is angry about being fined. He can wipe his ass with $25,000.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

What about Pat Riley, Lebron and Wade. They planned their shiit and no one said crap about it! This really makes me angry.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

He can afford it but he finished all play and will be free in a couple of weeks and the world has been saying it for months and reporters have asked Fisher already,but the have the right to do it. 

brookdon
brookdon

And Wade in 06. Don't know why TB didn't just add his name in there lol

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@SheSaidSpikeWho 

It's distracting to the team in the midst of a playoff run. The focus comes off the game at hand. Not a good move by Phil.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

It amazes me how silly some of the Melo haters are. I also love the he doesn't play defense line too.

Chris
Chris

@Sandro Guedes @bonobo I agree with you on that point although you are trying to be sarcastic. Lets say there are 20 stars in the league out of  450 players 20/450 reduces to 1/22.5. Good betting odds. But that is just considering 1 year. If the average star lasts 10 years, that makes the odds 1/225. Convert that tp %.44. You the gambling man, how yu like dem odds?

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@knicksgirl35 @ReneNYK1 Phil did break the rules,I want all the people talking about Melo to get fines too ,let's be fair about it NBA.

brookdon
brookdon

Or last year when the Nets did the same thing.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

The magic did trade him and ended up getting better than anything they could have gotten from the nets, IMO.

Chris
Chris

@thatsagoodpoint @Seth Plaut Seems like some teams can do it and others can`t

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

@thatsagoodpoint @Seth Plaut They were supposed to trade him to the Nets before the trade deadline. The point is, the Nets did not lose out on Howard for tampering, which never occurred. If Fisher does not take the job, it won't be based on some stupid fine.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

@thatsagoodpoint @ReneNYK1 @knicksgirl35 This is because the team complains,OKC is feeling low right now so they barked,the Knicks where classy when Kidd signed with the Nets,Phil messed up but the media is nuts here and asking question non stop it's harder to not get caught off guard.