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There’s a first time for everything for Fisher, even losing

Derek Fisher might be coaching the worst team in Knicks history but he’s careful to keep himself focused on the future, not his past successes (Post, Feb. 24).

“I’m not comparing this to any other time in my basketball career. This is the first time I’ve been in this position,” Fisher said Tuesday.

This is Fisher’s first season as a coach, and the first time the Knicks have seen a 10-45 record.

“This is the first year of us trying to do a lot of the things we’re doing,” Fisher said. “So we can take some of our past experiences and try to utilize those things to help our group become what we’re trying to become. But other than just not enjoying when you lose, I’m not taking this on personally as if it’s going to define my career. Hopefully, our players aren’t doing that either. We’re really just trying to find a way to take each day’s challenges because that’s all we can control.”

Fisher is making sure to separate his coaching career from his playing career, during which he saw much success. In fact, only twice as a player did Fisher experience a losing season – two 34-48 years back-to-back with the Warriors.

“It’s a choice,” Fisher said. “Maybe it sounds cliché or it sounds coach-speak or whatever but it’s a choice to remain focused on where you can be and who you can become as opposed to allow where you are now to define your life or your destiny or your character or your career. So we all have those choices and our players have to make them and I have to make them as a coach. That’s a choice that I choose to make and over time, that will work well, not just for me but the things that we’re trying to share with our players as well.”

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Former Kentucky Standout Doron Lamb Hoping for Shot With Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Former Kentucky standout Doron Lamb is hoping to get back into the NBA, possibly with the downtrodden New York Knicks.

“[I hope] I get back in the NBA and I have a long NBA career, but just keep playing basketball for a living, that’s my dream, do what I love to do,” Lamb told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog by phone.

After getting waiver by the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season and landing with the Texas Legends, the 6-foot-4 Queens, N.Y., native is now a member of the Westchester Knicks, the Knicks’ D-League affiliate that plays its home games at the Westchester County Center.

In his debut with the team on Saturday night, he went for 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 99-81 loss to Maine. Lamb followed that with a 30-point, 11-rebound effort in Wednesday’s loss to the LA Defenders. To read more of this story, click here

Former Knick Anthony Mason is ‘getting better’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Former Knick Anthony Mason remains unable to speak but is “getting better,” says his son, Antoine.

“I actually spoke to him today,” Antoine, a senior guard at Auburn, told AL.com on Monday. “He can’t talk yet, but he can hear things and respond by blinking and shaking his head and things like that. When I talked to him, my mom and him, they’re telling me he’s getting better.”

Mason remains hospitalized in New York following a heart attack and congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“It’s been tough traveling back, spending as much time as I can with him and then trying to focus on the season,” Antoine said. “It’s rough, but I know the one thing he wants me to do is focus on the season. That’s what I’ve been trying to do and trying to find a joy.”

Mason, 48, played 13 seasons in the NBA and made the All-Star team in 2000-01.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter.

Were Phil Jackson’s tweets directed towards J.R. Smith & Iman Shumpert?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

On Sunday evening, Phil Jackson took to Twitter to express his most recent displeasure. It’s safe to say he wasn’t complaining about potential Academy Awards snubs.

Of course, the president’s tweets were Knicks related once again. But while some quickly interrupted his message(s) to be a shot at the team’s poor effort against the Cavaliers, perhaps it had more to do with karma than anything else.

philtweet2ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne theorizes that Jackson’s comments were instead directed toward former Knickerbockers J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, both of whom logged positive outings against New York in Cleveland’s victory.

Despite moderate success here and there, Smith struggled with on and off the court issues. He often let the bright lights and respective nightlife of the Big Apple swallow him up. Shumpert was an oft-injured guard who never quite lived up to his potential and/or given expectations.

But as fate would have it, the change of scenery has quickly paid dividends for each one. Perhaps Jackson was calling them out for their (perceived) lack of effort and/or production while playing for the Knicks.