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Report: Phil Jackson spoke with Derek Fisher about Knicks coaching job Wednesday

Jun 6, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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The answer is “Wednesday.”

We knew that Phil Jackson was going to talk to Derek Fisher about joining him in New York, about becoming the next head coach of the New York Knicks, about helping turn the culture of that franchise around. The only question was when.

That conversation started last Wednesday and will continue next week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and his top coaching candidate, Derek Fisher, talked briefly on the telephone Wednesday and plan to reconvene next week, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jackson expressed his desire to engage Fisher in talks to become the Knicks coach, sources said. Fisher is expected to take the weekend to talk with his family and make a final decision about retiring from his 17-year NBA career in order to fully pursue coaching, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The ball is really in Fisher’s court here, Jackson is not flush with other options he loves. Jackson wants one of his guys, someone he has worked with and trusts, and there are just a handful of those guys. Brian Shaw already has a gig and Steve Kerr chose Stephen Curry and the West Coast over Jackson (Kerr also chose $25 million).

Fisher has to decide if this is what he wants to do. At his exit interview after the Thunder were eliminated he sounded like a guy ready to move on, ready to take on a new challenge, but it’s not a decision he can or should make lightly.

Jackson was fined $25,000 for tampering by the league for mentioning Fisher while the Thunder were still playing. There were some “he’s got a lot to learn as a GM” comments coming out of New York after that — if you think Jackson says things on accident or not knowing the consequences, you haven’t followed the man’s career. He is calculated. He’s been fined before, he know the rules and he knows what tampering is. He also couldn’t reach out to Fisher yet but may have wanted to plant a seed, send a little message. Jackson may not always get what he wants (Kerr) or have things turn out as planned, but you can bet they are calculated moves before he makes them.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Fish walked into Phil’s office and Phil was down on his knees (on big cushy pillows, no fear) and as soon as the door shut behind Fish… Phil said…

    Please, please, please, please, please…

  2. ocgunslinger - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Fisher also knows they low-balled Kerr. He may decide he has them by the short hairs and insist on being paid accordingly. Make sense to me.

    • genericcommenter - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Or, maybe he realizes why they didn’t want to pay a first-time coach more money for more years than 90% of the experienced playoff winning coaches have ever made.

    • capya - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Low-balled Kerr, LMAO, Kerr owes PJ at least $10 million in kickbacks, because the only thing giving him value on the coaching market was the fact that PJ said he wanted him.

  3. lew24 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    He’s been planting $25,000 seeds with refs for years…most of the time it worked!

  4. onlyavoice - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Kerr changed his mind about coaching the knicks when Phil stated that he himself would be coaching
    through Kerr.
    Kerr bolted. He didn’t want anything to do with Phil’s EGO trip.
    Jackson doesn’t have a clue as to what he’s doing.
    The BUFFOON though that because he signed to run the Knicks that everyone would be begging to bring
    them in.
    Now Phil just keeps talking as if he knows what he’s doing, but it’s very obvious he doesn’t.
    the Lakers are laughing, LTAO.
    I’ll put up the house that Van Gundy will have the Pistons competing before Jackson.

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