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Derek Fisher says he has not thought about Knicks or coaching, focused on playoffs

May 19, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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What is on Derek Fisher’s mind these days?

Tony Parker. Patty Mills. Manu Ginobili. The San Antonio Spurs.

Not Phil Jackson, not the New York Knicks, and not what he’s going to do next year. While rumors of Phil Jackson targeting him to coach in Manhattan swirl, Fisher is focused on the Western Conference Finals, which begin Monday night in San Antonio.

Here is what Fisher told Sam Amick of the USA Today when asked about his thoughts on coaching the Knicks (which echoes what he’s said every time he’s been asked).

“I literally have not given any thought,” Fisher told USA TODAY Sports when asked specifically whether he wants to be a coach. “I’ve kept all my options open for years for that reason. I’ve been asked for more than a decade what I’m doing next.

“(But) I think you have to want to do anything you decide to do that requires the type of time and effort that coaching requires. You go through your process at the appropriate time, and then you decide from there.”

Will Fisher and Jackson talk this off-season? Sure.

“We talk every offseason. I’m sure we’ll talk again when the season is over, but I don’t have any intentions on reaching out to him and I think he respects the space that I’m in as well… It’s just tough to wrap my mind around anything other than playing basketball. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and to think about (how) every week or two there’s a chance it could be my last week. That part in itself is tough enough.”

I still think you will likely see Fisher as a coach next season, if that’s what he wants to do. The Lakers and others may have interest, Fisher is clearly a leader who would command respect in the locker room. I can see why a guy like Phil Jackson trying to change the culture of a franchise would want Fisher by his side.

First, Fisher had to decide what he wants to do.

And before that, he has to focus on Patty Mills.

  1. 00maltliquor - May 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    What else is he supposed to say? Of course he’s gonna give the politically correct answer. I’d bet my life the thought has crossed his mind at least once, laying around in bed ready to sleep even. We’re all human, not machines.

    • jimeejohnson - May 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      What about the Terminator? He was even Governor of CA.

  2. albundyrocks - May 19, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    We shall see

  3. ds4300 - May 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    It’s still early

  4. ds4300 - May 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    That means yes

  5. kb2408 - May 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Come on, D. Fish, you’re better than this! Enough with the PC responses…how could he NOT think about it?! All he had to say was, “of course I’ve thought about my future after our season is over but I’m putting those thoughts on the back burner for now”.

  6. sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Everything and everyone is too politically correct today…

    OF COURSE he’s thought about it…

    He just CAN’T say he has…

    So he says he hasn’t and we all nod and go along… knowing all the while that he HAS thought of it…

    Just like politicians say a program will cost $6.7 billion and take 4 yrs and we all know that means it will cost $17.8 billion and take 11 years…

    Politicians even say that if they say it would cost more and take longer it wouldn’t be approved. Really? THEY are the ones in charge of spending our money and they KNOW and we KNOW that it will talk longer and cost more than they say and we all stick our heads in the sand…

    Doesn’t matter if it’s athletes speaking, politicians, actors… or even ourselves… we SAY one thing and DO another…

    we just all go along with the game…

    now, what IF Fisher HAD said he was thinking about the Knicks job? He would be vilified by the press and on boards like these for not being focused on the playoffs etc… YET we ALL KNOW he is thinking about it.

    It is NOT the thinking about the Knicks job that is bad, it’s TELLING us that he is that is bad even though we KNOW he is…

    Think about this folks, that means the actual act of thinking about it is OK for him to do and him simply telling us that he’s thought about it that is bad (even though he’s being honest and saying what we all know he’s doing).

    It’s hopeless folks…

  7. campcouch - May 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I get completely focused while chopping potatoes,but if I was offered a job coaching the Knicks,I’d probably think about it.

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