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 SchlosserThis 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.