What impression will Derek Fisher’s hiring have on Carmelo Anthony?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

After approximately seven full weeks of speculation and a laundry list of potential candidates, Derek Fisher has finally emerged as the next head coach of the Knicks.

USATSI_7209202_110579513_lowresThe hiring of his former floor general serves as President Phil Jackson’s first major move since coming to the Big Apple. Next up, fans everywhere are hoping that such a hire sets the table for the return of Carmelo Anthony in the weeks to come.

That said, the question remains: what kind of impression will Fisher’s hire make on Anthony? When Jackson met with Anthony for dinner earlier in the offseason, it was more so to convey his plans for hiring then-candidate Steve Kerr, rather than asking for Anthony’s opinion. It’s clear the star had little input in the decision to reel Fisher in, either.

One could argue that ushering in Fisher doesn’t exactly make quite the splash necessary to impress a star like Anthony. Wouldn’t he prefer more of a mentor (a la someone of Jackson’s caliber) rather tun someone who was still hitting the hardwood just weeks ago?

That remains to be seen. Still, Fisher stands to be a true player’s coach. What’s more, it would already appear he’s a bit of a superstar whisperer as well. Not only was Fisher instrumental in the development and maturation of Kobe Bryant, but he was also a trusted ally of Kevin Durant during their time together in Oklahoma City.

Perhaps Fisher’s ability to guide and relate to such stars will aid his relationship with Anthony, making it much easier for him to do so than an experienced coach could have.




47 comments
lobcity1
lobcity1

MSG has the Press conference now!!

brookdon
brookdon

It can't be bad. I'm sure he'd prefer the mentor type but Derek knows Kobe and will try to channel that in Carmelo.

I'm not a fan of the fisher signing due to the makeup of this team though. A rookie coach in NY for a win now team is a scary thing, and it's a lot to put on D Fish fresh off of the court. This move makes more sense to me if we were in the C's position in which there are no expectations, but hopefully DFish is able to rise to the occasion.

lobcity1
lobcity1

New thread up... Jr starting some ish again. lol

lobcity1
lobcity1

so 11:30 is the Phil Jax press conference announcing Fisher as the coach?

theking
theking

SAS said if melo and LeBron are in the same fa class he knows they will team up

lobcity1
lobcity1

Phil was not trying to hire anybody else but his guy. lol

rico
rico

I don't think Fisher really matters to Melo. I mean he may see it as a positive, and a refreshing new way of thinking, as opposed to recycling older proven mediocre coaches , why not try someone new, and someone who is basically a defacto Phil?


The angle I think Phil should take with Melo and probably has is selling him on winning in NY.  Phil has rings from playing here, coaching in Chicago and LA and what does he do?  He comes back to NY.  I believe Phil would tell Melo.  "Of all the places to get a ring NY is it."  I'm sure it feels good to be a champ in Chicago, La and even Miami but if you're a champ in NY you change history, you change the history of basketball, you change and own NY.  I'd hope they would be working this angle with Melo ( who I think "get's it") and I'd hope Melo would be working Lebron who also should know, NY is the show!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

This whole Theory that the Knicks only wanted to give Steve Kerr Three years has been debunked by Phil and debunked by the mere fact that they gave Fish FIVE years.


Why would they go Five with FISH andnot Kerr?  Kerr wanted nothing to do with NYC and preferred the West Coast.


We have our coach now let's assemble a staff and start to look at pieces to surround Carmelo.


I think Melo would have been happier with a more experienced hire.   Bringing in Mark Jackson would  make it a slam dunk resigning.. But in the end it's The Phil Jackson Show and Melo will be sitting front row.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Whats good about the D.Fish Move is he knows "Todays NBA"..battle tested and played with some young greats 

also if Melo leaves ...he does have a relationship with KD 

we can make a play for him in 2016 if the cards are played right 

i think 2 years of Phil instilling his philosophies is what we'll see then the last 3 will be all Fish 

it would make a great story to see how Phil Jax came back to the 1st team he started with and won another title 40 years later 

that's a 30 for 30 in the making 


KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Melo will say that's a good step but has nothing to do with him testing free agency ..i think we know the answer

now will he jump for joy and resign nah...will he see it as a logical step moving forward to opt in so he can still get a big check next year...i mean at the end of the day if Melo wants out he should leave on a good gesture 

either demand a sign and trade or wait a year so we can get some pieces and have enough cap flexibility to get him 2 Max players 

lobcity1
lobcity1

@theking 

lol..I will not ent this idea and i hope fans don't either bc they will get disappointed. I will not get fooled again like in 2010 FA.

theking
theking

@rico  na keep LeBron where he at I give me mark gasol and rondo

johneco
johneco

@thatsagoodpoint  There's no way Melo will sign for under 20.  No way.  I bet you anything.

Maybe they can spread it in such a way that he makes 17 for 2015, but average will be at least 20.

lobcity1
lobcity1

@theking @lobcity 

ESPN. 

lobcity1
lobcity1

@thatsagoodpoint @lobcity 

I'm fine with that bc at least it shows that he has a vision and a plan. In order to bring the triangle here he needs his close associates that are like minded and familiar with his system. He needs guys he can trust so why not bring in people in his circle only.

rico
rico

@thatsagoodpoint @BiggieTKB that's an insane theory.  Phil just got a huge new job, you think his first order of business would be to covertly identify and court a Mr Kerr in order to maybe create a market for a guy who had a great job already, in lieu of the critical needs of the knicks and his own success?


Balderdash!!!!!!!


Kerr got hot, received an offer more to his liking and skipped on Phil and the Knicks.  Thems' the facts, any twisting of them is perversion.


theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint @BiggieTKB  stop it ... he wanted kerr and kerr chose golden state. phil is a straight to the point guy I don't think he is going to do all that if he didn't want kerr

theking
theking

@rico  ppl don't want to make it seem like phil didn't strike out with the kerr thing. why would he waste his time doing that for kerr to get a job all while knowing melo is watching this and seeing him drop the ball?

#Knickstape
#Knickstape

@rico He wanted to hire Kerr for the Seattle job if the Kings would have moved there.  So you can throw that out the window.

rico
rico

@thatsagoodpoint @rico BS!


And PS: Kerr had a very good job, lot's of money and could of had his agent create a market for him.  I have to question the sanity of anyone who believes otherwise.  


He wanted Kerr and lost him.

rico
rico

@#Knickstape @rico yeah he wanted to hire Kerr, that was his guy. Any conspiracy theory that it was a smokescreen is lunacy.



theking
theking

@knega @theking @thatsagoodpoint @BiggieTKB  that was so wack. I would violate you but u not even worth it .. dismissed ..

theking
theking

@rico  I dare you to prove he didn't want kerr and wanted im to go to golden state

theking
theking

@knega @theking  ok tell me where I have his avatar? how do you even know who iam? and if I was a kid why are you talking to me? you a pedophile or something?