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Report: Lakers eliminate Derek Fisher from coaching search

Jun 7, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Phil Jackson might gets his man this time.

After waiting for Steve Kerr to coach the Knicks only to see the Warriors poach him, Jackson faces less competition for his backup candidate.

Derek Fisher – once believed to be a Kobe Bryant-approved choice for the Lakers – is out of the running in Los Angeles.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers have decided they need a coach with previous NBA coaching experience, which means one thing for Derek Fisher: He isn’t a candidate.

I’ll admit, as a lover of chaos, I wanted to see Jackson wait all this time and then strike out with Fisher like he did with Kerr. Then what would the Knicks do? There seemed to be no plan B after Kerr, and now there might be no plan C after Fisher.

Fisher hasn’t announced his retirement from playing, so there’s still a chance he spurns Jackson for another contract with the Thunder or other team.

Or he could simply choose to do something other than playing or coaching the Knicks next year. Though he was confident in his ability to coach Kobe, Fisher might not rush to oversee J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton.

As for the Lakers, their decision eliminates pure college coaches – though the two they’ve been linked to have already essentially recused themselves from the search. North Carolina’s Roy Williams denied interest, and Kentucky’s John Calipari just signed a monster contract extension.

The Lakers have interviewed five veteran coaches, and though their search could still expand, predicting their next coach should probably start with this list:

NBA head-coaching experience is important, and candidates with it should receive credit for it. But I don’t understand why Rambis going 56-145 in Minnesota gets his foot in the door when so many other potentially worthy candidates are shut out by the line the Lakers are setting.

Of those five, Hollins is a quality coach, and Gentry would be fine. The other three are pretty underwhelming.

The Lakers seem to be narrowing their options – but that will at least help the team with the narrowest search of all.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Knicks current starting lineup: Raymond Felton. J.R. Smith, Peter Griffin, A’mare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler. Pathetic. [Phil Jackson asking himself why take this job]

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      And the Lakers staring lineup is the following…

      1 someone we’ve heard very little about
      2 someone we’ve heard very little about
      3 someone we’ve heard very little about
      4 #7 pick in the draft – you know that GAME changer ya’ll said you were getting in the summer of ’14
      5 84 yr old legs of Kobe

      So many Lakers fans on boards like these were saying, right AFTER Dwight left town last summer to wait for next summer as they were going to sign a big time free agent, get a good draft pick and be back on top in no time…

      Summer of 2014 for Lakers

      Any big time free agent? Nope. Strike one…

      Any franchise changing pick in the draft? Nope. Strike two…

      Any hope for 2014/15 season? Nope. Strike three…

      There’s always the 2015/16 season… er wait, KoMe will still be walking around the court then too for you… and it will be painful to watch the once great Black Mamba…

      I mean we’ve all seen the snakes on the road that have been run over… and over, and over many times…

      • musician0785 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        “Summer of 2014 for Lakers

        Any big time free agent? Nope. Strike one…

        Any franchise changing pick in the draft? Nope. Strike two…”

        The Summer of 2014 hasnt even started yet, No one can be traded or signed until the League year is up….so your points reek of pure ridiculousness, and please stop with these terrible unfunny nick names….

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        It’s the summer the MUSIC died for the Lakers…

        Summer was OVER before it began…

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Your boyfriend LeBron has been getting ripped on here the last 2 days. I know it upsets you. Good luck copying all the names if people mocking LeBron & posting phony comments in their names. You do tend to have a lot of time on your hands, if anyone can do such a pathetic thing, it would be you. However, you do seem to cowardly disappear after a Heat loss.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Don’t worry: that peabrain Richie CantonPeaBrain says Jackson’s going to turn things around.

  2. kb2408 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Welcome back home, Byron!!

    • therealhtj - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Welcome back to the lottery then – but with no pick this time.

  3. metalhead65 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    will be fun to see fisher’s reaction reaction when he realizes he just can’t retire in the middle of the season when he realizes the knicks suck and say he needs to be closer to his family and go coach a winning team, you know like he used to do as player with the jazz and mavs.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Knicks suck!

  4. thevikesarebest - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    On another note the lakers have been already eliminated from the playoffs next season.P.S LA Is a terrible city.

    • therealhtj - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      At least it ain’t that podunk cow pasture Minneapolis.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        At least Minnesota doesn’t have earthquakes, fires, mudslides, and a bunch of homeless beggars from all over America like L.A.

      • spursareold - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Not from there, but don’t knock Minneapolis. Without them, there would BE no Lakers.

  5. toddm1016 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    That is a rather uninspiring list

  6. genericcommenter - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I think most of the guys on the list have already coached and lost with the Lakers. I’m surprised Mike Brown and Rudy Tomjanovich aren’t on the list.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Rudy Tomjanovich had a winning record with the Lakers.

  7. fordmandalay - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I love Fish, to me he’s a HOFer, but the Lakers need an experienced coach to help fix the mess they are right now. Byron Scott should be their guy.

    • spursareold - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      LOL. In no WAY, SHAPE, or FORM is Derek Fisher a HOF player.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      well, if he’s a HOF player to you, then you don’t know much about basketball…

      His career PER is 11.7

      ELEVEN point SEVEN…

      league average is 15.0

      Derek, in his 18 seasons in the league, NEVER even had one season with a PER of 15.0 or higher.

      NOT ONCE.

      His CAREER FG% is BELOW 40%…

      That’s right, it’s below 40%.

      He could hit the 3 pt shot… and make his free throws…

      But that’s it. He was a below average guard who did belong in the league as not all players are Hall of Fame players you know…

      Hey, I don’t dislike Fish and I’d take his career in the league in a heartbeat as I didn’t and couldn’t play ANY pro sports…

      I’ll gladly take his OVER $63 million for being a below average guard in the league…

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Not real hype on next year looking at that list of candidates.

    If I had to pick one because there’s no other option, I’d go Scott or Hollins.

  9. kobebetterthanjordan - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Kobe doesn’t need any coaching, he just needs the ball in his hands to win championships.

  10. ranfan12 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Thanks Jeanie…

  11. scbaby2013 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I would like either hollins or Scott.

  12. chrisco716 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Larry Brown.

  13. Fantasy Football Consultant - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    That other Van Gudsy. Smh

  14. kobebetterthanjordan - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Dude did you just say Fisher is a Hall of famer!! Wow time to get on the wagon man…

  15. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    This Laker fan is hoping for Byron Scott.

  16. campcouch - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Hire Charles Barkley.

  17. jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Jackson ain’t the Zen Master for nothing. If anyone can rescue that pitiful loser franchise called the Knicks, it’s him.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Unfortunately no one can rescue you from the trailer park.

  18. sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    The Lakers need to plan for the future…

    The C’s got a great young coach in Brad Stevens and they are rebuilding the right way…

    The Lakers, and Kobe say they don’t want to rebuild. He want’s to win NOW so they will try to coddle something together to appease him vs. doing what they need to do…

    Their recent coaches haven’t worked out.

    The Lakers need their version of a Brad Stevens and to start over the right way.

    Just watch Quinn Synder grow into a good coach with the Jazz… years from now he’ll still be there while the Lakers will have several more head coaches…

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