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Knicks to announce Fisher as next head coach

The Knicks will hold a press conference at their practice facility on Tuesday to announce Derek Fisher as the team’s next head coach.

The deal is for five-years and $25 million (Wojnarowski, June 9). Steve Kerr was reportedly only offered a four-year deal by the Knicks (TKB, May 14).

Fisher’s staff will likely include Kurt Rambis, and could possibly include Rick Fox, Luke Walton and Bill Cartwright (Beck, June 9).

Fisher has played in 1,287 games regular season games and another 259 playoff games. He played his last game in the NBA on May 31. He has never coached.

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Such a hire isn’t much of a shocker, though Fisher’s quick acceptance of the position is a bit surprising. A four- or five-year contract offer (ensuring some sort of stability in the Big Apple) will allow the first-time head coach to get settled in. One could also argue that as Jackson puts his stamp on this roster, issuing more time is better. It takes away the pressure and, instead, sets the table for everyone else to remain patient.

As a five-time NBA champion, floor general, and a well-trained Jackson pupil, Fisher undoubtedly represents the best candidate out of those the Knicks were said to be considering.

Fisher’s coaching staff is expected to be comprised of what should be considered a Jackson/triangle offense all-star mentoring squad.

This is a solid move, if not the more flashy one some fans might’ve expected when Jackson was named President of the Knicks. Jackson gets his guy as head coach, and will likely be able to reel in a few of his buddies and past players as assistants as well.

Perhaps more importantly, however, Fisher will have plenty of familiarity with those who are poised to fill his staff. This may ultimately be Jackson’s show to run, but Fisher will be able to lean on experienced mentors like Rambis and/or Cartwright, while also relying upon past proven teammates such as Fox and/or Walton.

The chemistry this group will have is sure to be fantastic, and hopefully, that’s something that will ooze out across the rest of the Knicks’ roster.

Harris Decker

While he wasn’t my first choice, Fisher is a great fit for this position. As Kerr would have done, Fisher will become Phil Jackson’s right-hand man, his court general and likely his shepard of the triangle.

It’s hard to look at Fisher and not think of the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd. Kidd got off to a rough start as a rookie head coach after playing just months earlier. Now Fisher will transition from gym shorts to suits as Kidd did. Don’t be surprised if Fisher gets off to a slow start, but I think he’ll be the right guy for the job.

Sam Spiegelman

Well, we’ve expected this to become official for quite some time now. Another Kerr-esque move would’ve been devastating for the fan base. However, Fisher fits the same sort of mold as Kerr — a former Jackson point guard who Jackson is confident can run the team. It also doesn’t hurt to have Jackson close by.

Fisher is a cerebral player. He’s well-spoken and a consummate pro. I have no doubt he can be a leader among men.

It has always been my opinion not to hire a first-time coach, though. But that theory has been put to rest over the years, as we’ve seen Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd go from rookie coaches to guiding teams to the playoffs in no time. Like Fisher, both Jackson and Kidd were point guards, who I believe make the best head coaches.

Honestly, I was very high on Kerr being the Knicks coach. When a bunch of teams seem to covet someone, I immediately think they’re the guy for the job. The Lakers had interest in Fisher, and they need a strong hire. And I think Phil Jackson knows what he’s doing here. After all, who was he going to bring in — Mike Dunleavy, really?

I’m anxious to see what it’s like to have Fisher manning the sidelines. I’m curious to see how this impacts Carmelo Anthony. And now that a coach has been hired, what roster moves is Jackson plotting? This is the first of many steps for Jackson to prepare the Knicks for contention in 2014.




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Rob LB Rothman
Rob LB Rothman

Another year of feeling things out....ugh. WTF Knicks? I dont think Phil's heart is in this, he is just passing time collecting big bucks. We are screwed!

C0P0
C0P0

As the coach and staff are within a degree of Jackson's control, my next curiosity falls to Melo. 

Is he leaning towards staying as Jackson resets the mentality, strategy, staff and what he can with the roster?

I  hope so.

In the end, I don't see this team getting past The Spurs or The Heat without Melo.

Love em' or hate him, he's not easily replaceable.  

C0P0
C0P0

Ah, this is shaping up pretty nicely.

It's early but I like it! I like the moves being made here.

Jackson about to triangulate all these fools.

I see you Zen Master.

Let's Go Knicks!

johneco
johneco

I'm happy.  Fisher is the charismatic leader I wanted from the start, I think he can inspire the players.  And having Jackson behind him setting the direction will help him avoid some rookie mistakes.

I still worry that their relationship will be rougher than expected.  When Kidd had a problem working with [I'm blanking on his name], he was able to basically kick him out and save his season.  Fisher will not have that freedom, and it may undermine him, a coach needs to be the boss in the locker room.  We'll see.  But I'm excited.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

now watch " The Nets " try to steal some spotlight by announcing KG's retirement and he'll be an assistant Coach lol

sanza
sanza

Now Phil just need to call Melo, talk to him with Fisher bring Champ Rings (Phil Jax Rings + Fisher Rings) on a tray and said "Are you sure want to go to Chicago and play with that Broken Leg MVP?"

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Whats Ironic ...Fisher is probably the best PG on the squad and he won't be suiting up...glad him and phil will reunite and bring a new purpose though 

i wonder what moves we can make in the off-season 

we need help at the PG and definitely some insurance if Melo bolts 

which i think he'll stay. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I'm exicted about Fisher. More so than Kerr whom I wanted. Experience wise Kerr was a GM but I think Fisher has the chance to really connect with the players. Him and Jackson make a formidable duo when courting new players too. He'll get a year to get experience under his belt although who knows. I think we can compete next season. A new coach, an actual offensive system and philosophy, an upgrade at PG and some better defense could easily make us the 2nd seed next year.

Now the next step is to resign Melo (at a hometown discount) or convince him to opt into his final year.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

He's back.....

CNN) -- The deal is off. The suit is on.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is withdrawing his support for the sale of his team, and is asking his lawyer to go ahead with a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, according to multiple media reports.

"From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers," Sterling said in a letter obtained by ESPN.com.

Referring to the NBA commissioner, Sterling added, "I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers, banning me for life from the NBA and imposing the fine. ... The action taken by Adam Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of the freedoms that are afforded to all Americans."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/us/sterling-lawsuit-clippers-sale/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

rgm891
rgm891

11:30 am. Lets rock and roll

kofi
kofi

I believe the kicks have increased their chances of signing Kevin Durant in 2016. That would be huge! This is predicted on OKC not making the finals, & the kicks improving.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Speaking of Kerr so much and how Phil wants to mentor a coach in the triangle, Kerr hired Dave Blatt to be his offensive coordinator. He is supposed to be the top offensive mind in the world. He lead Maccabi Tel Aviv over Real Madrid to win the Euroleague this year. He also took Russia to the bronze in the Olympics. So no triangle for GSW.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@johneco. Lawrence Frank

1harris1
1harris1

Fox is kind of interesting. Some are reporting he was "Plan C" if Fisher had declined.

I saw an article tonight (believe it was on Hoopshype) where Fox is quoted as saying that he could see Kobe finishing his career as a Knick. I don't know about that one.

theking
theking

@kofi  he leaves okc with a top 5 pg and a top 5 pf to come to the knicks?? righttttttt


and when melo resigns that puts Durant where? sg? pf? lol

1harris1
1harris1

So that's why OKC filed tampering charges against our Knicks. It cost us a whopping $25,000. Dolan was probably able to pay that with the change underneath his sofa cushions at home

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK 

Back in my mental health days, we often found many of our clients craved attention. It didn't matter what the attention was, either positive or negative, it satisfied their needs to be noticed.

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK This place should be about BSing and Knicks talk. Just enjoy it man. 

rgm891
rgm891

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891 haha nah in NYC. For Dfish annoucement on MSG. But great guess.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

If anything Knicks should be trying to get Westbrook.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@bigdishing @Knicks_Fanatic 

George Steinbrenner had a sign on his desk.

Rule #1- The Boss is always right. If not, refer to rule #2.

Rule #2- The Boss is always right.

You can't piss off your boss, if you want to keep your job.

kofi
kofi

@Bigdishing

M.Jackson was fired for his overt religious beliefs. Bottom line.

perezfootball
perezfootball

Can u imagine Westbrook n Melo together in a triangle Off? W Jr coming off the bench? All 3 would try n kill each other..we ll avg 1 assist as a team per game

Chris
Chris

@kofi Throw in his objections to gays

Chris
Chris

@bonobo Your perception of reality leaves something to be desired. I don`t post to stroke you, but to make sure you know you are not getting tacit  approval for all the absurdities you post

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@bonobo 

That is one group that I'll avoid. Peace be with you and all that good stuff.

perezfootball
perezfootball

Writing is on the wall now..Melo is gone..Knicks rebuild for 2 yrs then will make the big run for KD..Fisher n Roc nation..all down w KD

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

No, I didn't get there. I've been to the Yokohama, Okayama, and the Shinjuku doing some music business. No wild night life was part of that adventure. The coolest thing I saw was the Temple at Nara.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

Now this may seem strange, but I judge marching bands and drum corps contests. So I would often get invited to do shows outside the US. So I would go for three or four days and get treated like a celebrity. In the US, I was like an NBA referee. Everyone would think I was screwing them with bad marks.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

I'm sure it is. My time there was pretty well scripted on business and my best partying days are well behind me. From 1968-88 I had a more than a lifetime of partying. The most fun places I've been to outside the US were Amsterdam, Montreal, and Quebec City.Those French Canadians are insane.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

Yes, but I'm sure he would rather be coaching the Warriors. Mark Jackson needs to take some time and figure out what battles are worth fighting and which ones aren't worth the trouble. For instance, he wanted to fire assistant coaches Scalabrini and Ermen. The front office told him to wait until after the season to reduce the negative PR an in season firing would entail. He couldn't wait. He fired Scalabrini in front of the team and threw it in managements face. He tried to ban Jerry West from practice. It's stuff like that gets you fired.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

America is the world leader in most musical activities and what we do here is imitated throughout the world. So Americans are brought to Europe and Japan to judge, write the music and marching shows, and teach it. Of course, we also want to sell them the instruments and other equipment they need.

The big shows are held in NFL stadiums. They get 15,000 to 30,000 at Championships.

1harris1
1harris1

He'll be back soon though. It's a results oriented business, and he had a lot of success with the Warriors. I'd be surprised if he isn't back coaching before the end of next season

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

Stop, please..... Jerry West wasn't undermining him. The guy was my mother's favorite player. He has got to be around 80 years. He undermined himself.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@1harris1 Lionel Hollins had success with Memphis too. Organization can forgive incompetence but more often than not a reputation of being head strong, uncooperative with management would get you blacklisted and you wind up outside looking in !

johneco
johneco

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic  We don't know exactly what went on between MJ and Jerry West.  But West is the greatest FO exec of all time, has worked with the best coaches before, has been with many championship teams.  MJ was a first time coach with a history of being egotistical. Do you really think it was West who behaved inappropriately?  

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Mel Brown @Knicks_Fanatic 

It sound paranoid to me. I mean when you think everyone is undermining you and trying to get your job, his complaint with his assistants, it's a bit hard to believe.