NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If Derek Fisher was being true to his word after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season-ending loss Saturday night, he began the process Sunday of contemplating the next move in his career.
The 39-year-old point guard is reportedly a leading candidate to coach the Knicks, but he has yet to announce his retirement from playing.
Fisher told reporters after the Thunder’s 112-107 overtime loss that he wants to take a couple of days to decide whether he wants to continue playing or call it a career.
“I’m not going to rush,” he said. “I’m not going to be emotional. Tonight, it’s still about the Thunder.
“I definitely will consider it (coaching) seriously and consider my options about what’s best and go from there,” he added. “I’ll try to do that as soon as possible because all parties want to get an answer.”
Fisher won five world titles while playing with the Lakers for coach Phil Jackson, now the Knicks’ president. Jackson seems to be set on hiring a coach well versed in his triangle offense, and has been scrambling to find a Plan B after his top choice, Steve Kerr, spurned the Knicks to accept the head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers, who also have a coaching vacancy, reportedly have interest — albeit limited interest — in Fisher as well.
Fisher said Saturday he has not spoken with Jackson or the Lakers about their coaching positions.
“There’ll be conversations and talks at some point,” he said. “This (Saturday’s loss) is still pretty raw and pretty fresh (with) what happened. So for the next day or two, I want to make sure I respect whatever my future holds. Then as soon as possible I’ll try to take the next steps.”
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