Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterAfter 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.
The 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.