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Report: Knicks going to take time with coaching search, want to talk to Derek Fisher

May 19, 2014, 1:52 AM EDT

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Derek Fisher is trying hard to deflect any questions about him coaching in the future — he’s the backup point guard of a team that starts the Western Conference Finals on Monday. Derek Fisher already has plenty to focus on without thinking about whether next year he wants to play or coach or just spend a year off at home with his family.

But the buzz about Derek Fisher to the Knicks is not going away.

Phil Jackson moves at his own deliberate pace and he’s going to do that with his coaching search. It will not be hurried, nothing Jackson does is. Jackson is going to wait out Fisher and talk to him after the season, reports Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to send out signals that he’s in no rush to hire a coach until he can seriously discuss the position with Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher, according to sources close to the process….

Sources say that in addition to Fisher, the Knicks still have interest in Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw but do not currently plan to ask the Nuggets’ permission to speak with him. Because league rules restrict teams to offering only cash or draft picks as compensation for coaches, and not players, sources say New York fears it likely can’t meet the Nuggets’ demands if it were to try to get Shaw out of his contract.

Can we just stop talking about Shaw to the Knicks? Not happening.

Jackson needs someone who can work with him to change the culture in New York — the organization needs a shift top to bottom. Jackson wants an extension of himself and his philosophies on the court (which is why the Mark Jackson idea is just the dream of some Knicks fans, they are oil and water as personalities). The options for Jackson are limited.

Fisher could possibly be that guy. Jackson is willing to wait to find out.

  1. R. Edmond - May 19, 2014 at 2:18 AM


  2. mackcarrington - May 19, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Jackson only wants someone who previously was a subordinate to him. Notice how he doesn’t want a coach who is already established on his own.

    • rushbacker - May 19, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      Yep. Wanting to work with top talent has never really been PJ’s style. Good call.

      • smoothaswilkes - May 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        What are you even talking about?

      • mackcarrington - May 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I was wondering the same thing. If it was sarcasm, it missed the point completely.

  3. 1historian - May 19, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    PJ was a terrific coach, as a GM not so hot. Knicks are a trainwreck.

  4. chiadam - May 19, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Coach Whoopi Goldberg.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Trust in Phil. He’s a proven winner & will get the right coach in place. It took Riley 11 years to finally win a title in Miami, we all know Phil is 10 times better than Riley.

    • mogogo1 - May 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Phil would be smart to emulate Riley as a GM. Riley was a great coach and then when he became GM he transitioned into that role, letting guys who’d actually coached before do their jobs. Phil’s initial shot at being GM seems centered around finding somebody with zero experience that he can mold on the fly. That’s not really being a true GM.

      • asimonetti88 - May 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        “Riley was a great coach and then when he became GM he transitioned into that role, letting guys who’d actually coached before do their jobs.”

        Until he got jealous that those coaches were doing better than he had and getting more credit than him, so he fired them and took over the job himself.

      • mogogo1 - May 19, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Well, he’s not the coach now, is he? And is it really an improvement to have Phil looking for guys who can’t take too much of the limelight because they’ve never ever coached?

      • unxpexted1 - May 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Cause Erik Spolestra had SO much experience

    • mackcarrington - May 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Phil will be over 80 years old in 11 years. And he only as a 5 year contract.

  6. SBoy - May 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    IF Phil is truly going to be hands on than the idea of a coach like Fisher that is an extension of him/ his philosophies makes some sense and could work. If he is going to leave the coach on his own than no.

    Generally I’m not a fan of hiring coaches with no coaching experience, but it seems like the only reason PJ is coaching is because of health and travel, but the inference is he will be real hands on. He’ll need to be with a rookie coach and I suspect he will be because it will be his rep. on the line.

  7. imakcds - May 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I’m saying this again, Phil Jackson is not as great as you all think, despite all the rings.
    There is a dark side to his career, and I think, even with the rings he brought LA, that he is responsible for the mess that is the current Lakers. Phil never was and never will be a True Laker, he did not respect Laker Tradition and History. His career is looking more like that of a Mercenary, rather than a great basketball mind
    He just want to get paid.
    And keep getting paid.

  8. imakcds - May 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Despite his playing for the Thunder, Derek Fisher will always be considered a Laker. I would hope he feels the same.
    I wonder what Fish truly feels about Phil Jackson.
    Does Fish have any animosity towards the Buss Family or Mitch Kupchak?
    To whom does he feel more allegiance to, Phil or the Lakers?

  9. unxpexted1 - May 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    we may disagree with Phil BUT at least he seems to have some clear set vision and is consistent with what he wants. So we’ll see how it pans out. He wants to work wth somebody who is a clean slate which as a poster before mentioned, could be a sign that he is going to be more hands on with this team behind the scenes.

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