With Kerr out, Phil Jackson should turn his attention to Derek Fisher

Harris Decker

Phil Jackson, Derek FisherAfter news broke that Steve Kerr would join the Golden State Warriors instead of the Knicks, my first thought was who would become the front runner for the Knicks job? There are a number of logical answers but I believe that one guy makes sense above the rest. We’ll get to that later.

Mark Jackson is a name that lots of people will bring up. I’ve gone into grave detail about why I don’t believe he is a good fit with the Knicks and I’ll stand by that stance despite Kerr’s move to California. Here’s my full explanation as to why the two Jackson’s would not work well together in New York.

Aside from Mark Jackson, the other names will be Jeff Van Gundy, Lionel Hollins and of course Phil Jackson. All have coaching pedigrees but none seem like the right fit in New York.

Van Gundy would want way more control than Jackson is likely to give him. Hollins wasn’t able to get sustained play from a team that was loaded with talent in Memphis. I’m not sure I want him anywhere near the Knicks. And Jackson has said repeatedly that he doesn’t want to coach the team.

The guy left at the end of the scrum could be Derek Fisher. Similar to Jason Kidd last season, Fisher announced that the 2013-14 season, his 18th in the league, would be his last. Once the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season comes to a close, whenever that may be, I believe it would make a lot of sense for Fisher to become the next Knicks head coach.

Fisher, like Kerr, played for Phil for a number of seasons, winning 5 NBA Championships with the Lakers. A point guard like Kidd, Fisher would be the perfect guy for Jackson to mold into his perfect head coach in New York. He’d be familiar with the triangle offense and be able to work hand in hand with his former coach.

It seems like we’ve been down this road before. The same things that made Kerr viable make Fisher viable. Still, now that Kerr has decided to try his luck in Golden State, I believe Fisher should become the front runner for the Knicks job. The one thing that will work against him is the playoffs. If the Thunder are able to make a deep playoff run, it will take away valuable time from the off season planning for Jackson and Fisher.

Until I hear a compelling case against Derek Fisher, he’s my pick to be the next head coach of the New York Knicks.

Sam Spiegelman

There is speculation Fisher could be the next in line for Jackson to pursue. After all, he fits the same mold as Kerr — a former Jackson point guard with immense knowledge of the triangle.

I think Jackson is going to go about this coaching search different than most front offices would. He’s used to getting what he wants, so I’m sure he’s not going to settle for an assistant or ex-head coach he isn’t sold on to run his style of offense or one he doesn’t believe is fit to run his team.

I know it’s a long-shot, but I think if Jackson isn’t convinced Fisher is the guy, or can lure Van Gundy from the booth, or can find one of his former assists to take the job (Brian Shaw for instance), that begs the question when Jackson gives himself the job.




256 comments
NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

Kerr used the Knicks to get the deal he wanted with GS. Kerr never wanted NY.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Pretty sure Patrick Ewing knows the triangle, as many times he got his a$$ whipped in it...Why not?

I don't understand some of you dudes ready to throw the farm at and worshipping and praising a guy who hasn't COACHED... EVER! and clowning dudes with SOME experience... Unbelievable...

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

Bet  my right arm Scottie Pippen will be the Head Coach next season

melo7
melo7

Neither of these writers no jack shyt

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Why not look at Ron Harper??


Harper won NBA five titles under Jackson as a combo guard, playing five seasons in Chicago for the new Knicks team president and two seasons with the Lakers. He was also a teammate of Kerr’s in Chicago and Cleveland.

Harper said he has texted with Jackson a few times since he got the Knicks job.

“I would expect so,” Harper said of interviewing for a coaching job. “A few guys are expecting to hear from him. We’re in a wait-and-see mode. Whatever he needs me to do, I will do. He knows that.”

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Why does it feel as if steve kerr "grant hilled" us......

lobcity1
lobcity1

Phil has a plan and it won't fail.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

NyK such a bi-polar fan base...there is a poll over at ESPN NY....asking if Phil will turn the knicks into a contender...54% to 46% say No he wont...guarantee if you take that poll 2 weeks ago..even 2 days ago that's 80 20..lol.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Maybe Phil can talk to Johnny Manziel to coach the Knicks.  Johnny Basketball...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

JVG would have no hesitation to endorse Dolan and the Knicks to anybody who asks him how it is to work there.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

JVG sounding real supportive of Dolan....hmmm...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

JVG said its fine to work with Dolan....hes working his way for the Knicks job..although I don't see JVG working under Phil...

madskills
madskills

Supposedly the Knicks are interested in Fred Hoiberg.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

JVG talking Phil and Knicks right now...98.7...Michael Kay..

therealprof
therealprof

I am feeling like Phil will ONLY hire a coach who has not been a HC for either college or the pros. If he wants to run training camp, it is safe to assume that he wants a coach that will be his eyes, ears and voice in the locker room but will be respected by the players. There is not a long list of these types of candidates and, while I wasnt initially on board with this, Derek Fisher fits the bill. He has clearly never coached and is considered to be a great leader, by Phil himself. He has played a major leadership role in the NBAPA over his career and will certainly have the respect of the locker room as a hard-nosed competitor that has ice water in his veins. I like Lue a lot, and he has coaching experience under Doc Rivers, but will he demand the respect of his players in a way that Fisher could? I am not sure. To put it plainly, Lue is most known for getting punked by AI and Fisher is known for hitting big shots. NY is all about the big name, which apparently can be manufactured through the leak of Phil Jackson's interest (see Steve Kerr), so maybe Phil wont speak until his next choice is available to be courted.

rgm891
rgm891

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the most likely scenario, even after Jackson was snubbed by the only candidate he has considered for the position since taking the Knicks' job in March, remains hiring a younger coach Jackson has worked with previously and can mentor.


Let the debate continue. Think young!!!

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@MeloStat301  If Just for Men really talked to them like that...We would havent hv missed the playoffs..  

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Dullah Dakidd  There must be a good reason why he's not a head coach yet. I believe his communication skills may not be that great.

bblessed
bblessed

He s st stutters.... NEXT!!

rgm891
rgm891

@MeloStat301  Michael Kay needs to stick to baseball. Sorry Michael Kay that sport is beyond boring to watch.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

I don't buy that... He is EVERYTHING the Knicks are looking for right now... RAW ready to learn under Phil a familiar with the triangle and... A HOMETOWN HERO that can walk in the room and IMMEDIATE RESPECT is given because of his accolades as a Knick... Hands down one of the greatest Knicks EVER! This is STILL his team and HIS city... He would work hard to get that ring that eluded him HERE...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @sir_manolo ESPN has ..


Three candidates who will thus receive consideration from Jackson, sources said, are Luke Walton and Tyronn Lue -- former players under Jackson who have already begun their coaching careers -- as well as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher -- if Fisher elects to stop playing after this season as he has hinted.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

Michael Kay is clueless, always of topic, and super boring. Listen to that kid is a torture. I was laughing about the Lynn trade rumor debacle... smh

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@rgm891 @MeloStat301 I agree he needs to stick to the diamond...but i find baseball to be fun to watch.  Call me boring...my wife hates baseball so I get it..lol

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Lmao @ "he never won a chip" you must be a youngn'

bblessed
bblessed

He never won a chip and if he could coach someone would've at least put him in the convo.

Not gonna happen...move on... Nothing to see here folks!

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Well maybe a few booming "MOVE YA BLOOODCLAAAAT" will get em going...

rgm891
rgm891

@MeloStat301 @rgm891  He spends more time on his radio show talking about the knicks over the yankees. He knows absolutely nothing.  I you to love baseball, but I just dont have the passion I once had.