Derek Fisher Introduced as Knicks Head Coach
After much speculation and a tampering fine for Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks finally introduced Derek Fisher as the team’s head coach at a press conference on Tuesday.
Fisher agreed to a reported 5-year deal worth $25 million to become the latest former point guard to retire and make the transition directly to boss man, joining the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Kidd who made the move last season.
During his 17-year career Fisher, an unheralded second-round draft pick out of Arkansas Little-Rock, has made the most of his opportunities and gained the respect of coaches, teammates and opposing players en route to 5 NBA Championships.
The Knicks are a franchise in turmoil and Jackson handpicked Fisher to help the squad bounce back like roundball as they attempt to keep Carmelo Anthony from dipping in free agency and improve a roster that failed to make the postseason.
Although some question Fisher’s lack of coaching experience and criticize the growing trend of former players leapfrogging into the head coaching ranks, Fisher has an excellent basketball pedigree and track record as a leader and well respected basketball mind.
It remains to be seen how Fisher will handle the adjustment from player to coach, but it is a safe bet that the new head coach will need a little time to figure out how to right the ship.