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Bill Clinton congratulates Derek Fisher on becoming Knicks coach

Jun 11, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Lakers' Fisher speaks with former president Clinton outside the NBA Players Association meetings in New York Lakers' Fisher speaks with former president Clinton outside the NBA Players Association meetings in New York

Phil Jackson, in the press conference to introduce the Knicks’ new coach, called Derek Fisher “hip-hop ready to get going with this group of guys and their language.”

I figure Jackson was talking about New York’s players, but apparently Bill Clinton shares Fisher’s dialect, too.

Regardless of political leaning, getting congratulated on a new job by a former President of the United States is pretty darn awesome.

Fisher, who was born in Arkansas, met Clinton – then the state’s governor – as a high schooler. Fisher went on to play at Arkansas-Little Rock and then in the NBA, and Clinton obviously moved to Washington. They reconvened in New York in 2011 as Fisher was negotiating during the NBA lockout, and they’ll share the city once again.

Want to discuss Fisher’s leadership credentials? It’s not being “hip-hop ready.” It’s being chummy with a former president.

  1. romestar82 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Fisher is such a intellectual individual and it’s no surprised that he has friends in powerful places. Kids this is why you need to stick in school

  2. azarkhan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    “it depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”

    Oh yeah, getting an endorsement from a corrupt liar like Bill Clinton is great!

    • azarkhan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Paging Ms. Simonetti.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Why? I am a libertarian. I don’t particularly care for Clinton, although he was better than Bush and Obama, if that can be considered an accomplishment.

  3. loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    President Clinton calls you, “D-Fish”…AWESOME. that alone is enough fuel to fill the swag tank for life.

  4. adoombray - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    How do you pronounce that? Arr-kan-zens? Arkanzawns? Arkansaw-ins? This is going to drive me insane

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Such a beautiful area in the Northwest part of the state. There by the Ozarks.

      The National Buffalo River. Scenic Highway 7 (The Old Pig Trail).

      The Arkansas Grand Canyon

      The Boston Mountains within the Northwest Arkansas area (used to live in them in the middle of 40 acres).

      The two northern and western counties that comprise Northwest Arkansas have Fayetteville (which is home of the SEC Ark Razorbacks), Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.

      Wal-Mart has their world headquarters there in Bentonville. Tyson Chicken has their world headquarters in Springdale.

      Just outside of Rogers in a tiny place called Lowell is where J.B. Hunt truck lines has their headquarters too.

      Years ago, Hudson Foods was headquartered up there too but they were bought out by Tyson Chicken so the area only has 3 world headquarters and not 4 anymore.

      No, the area is not for everyone, but so much is beautiful country and there is money up there with those businesses and with the university.

      The state is really only the Little Rock area and then the Northwest Ark area in terms of population.

      There are only 2.9 million and change in the whole state.

      OH, to answer your question, folks NOT from Arkansas call folks from there “Arkansans”.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Your first one was the correct pronunciation.

  5. andrejohnsonforpresident - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Between this and the 5 rings comment from Phil D-fish probably just floats from play to place.

  6. luz56 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I liked Fisher as a real team player… Good knowledge of the game … Proven winner…. Doesn’t always translate into good coach … You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken crap

    • j0esixpack - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I generally agree that this infatuations organizations seem to have with taking players, without any coaching experience, and plunking them down into a head coaching position isn’t an experiment I would expect to end well

      But if there’s one guy who I’d cite as a probable exception to that, it’d be Derek Fisher

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      I think Phil sees a lot of himself in Fisher. Phil was never really a deep X and Os guy. That’s what he had Tex Winter for. Phil is a leader in the truest sense of the term. He can motivate anyone, and he understands the flow of a game and manages the game well. If Fish can get the right tactical guys on the bench next to him, he has a lot of those same qualities. It will be interesting to see how Fisher does.

  7. honkerdawg - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Typical Clinton. Jump on the bandwagon. Let’s see how much he likes them when they’re in the east cellar

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Typical Republican: useful pawn for the rich. Typical Democrat: useful pawn for the rich in sheep’s clothing!

      • dyn0myte - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        That just about sums it up…

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