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Derek Fisher to coach Knicks in summer league

Jul 3, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

Derek Fisher AP

When the Knicks hired Derek Fisher, the move was criticized due to Fisher’s lack of coaching experience.

Not only had he never been a head coach, he’d never even been an assistant. Sure, he has a good excuse – Fisher was stilling playing 33 days ago – though that doesn’t make the move smart on New York’s end.

But when the 2014-15 NBA seasons begins, Fisher will have coaching experience.

Fisher will coach the Knicks’ summer-league team, the Knicks announced.

Summer league – the Knicks play in Las Vegas beginning July 11 – can be a useful tool for first-time coaches. Many see it as a particularly valuable time for learning substitution patterns, and there are other nuances to pick up.

Fisher’s team will feature Tim Hardaway Jr., Shane Larkin, Cole Aldrich and recent second-round draft picks Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

If Carmelo Anthony leaves New York in free agency, Fisher can also use the summer league to adjust to coaching a roster barely above D-League quality.

  1. lakerade - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Fish is legit. I think he has the mettle to lead as a coach, and no one doubts he’ll put in the work.

    Any NBC SportsTalk writers also heading to Sin City?

  2. doctorfootball - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I was hoping he’s suit up and be a player coach

  3. chicagosports2014 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Can’t wait to start my Carmelo shoe collection👍

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    At 2:55 the writer of this “news piece” had an article entitled “Carmelo Anthony to meet with Knicks today – in Los Angeles” published. Thirty-eight minutes later he has this article published. The writing reflects the time and effort spent.

  5. onlyavoice - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Fisher is practicing coaching, while Phil is standing besides him waving his hand over him, releasing his magical powers.
    Seems like every year the circus we call the Knicks, has a new side show.
    Even with Melo, the Knicks will not make the playoffs.

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