For all we know Derek Fisher is the next Red Auerbach. But no matter the GM, hard work or the hypotenuse of Phil Jackson’s famed triangle offense will make MSG a winning culture.
The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on Tuesday, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players.
Will Derek Fisher be the next great Knicks coach? I have no idea. No one does. But he’s the guy Phil Jackson thinks can lead this team. That’s all the matters.
Does Mark Jackson want the Knicks’ head coaching job or not? Would it even matter if he did? Those are some legitimate questions considering the situation at Madison Square Garden.
Phil Jackson is either in over his head or in complete control as general manager of the Knicks. Which is it? Knowing the man, most likely the latter.
The two met recently and Phil Jackson says he told Carmelo Anthony that “it might be a good idea to hang in here and see what it’s like for a year.”
Derek Fisher is Phil Jackson’s Plan B, right? Maybe not. Now it looks like Brian Shaw is atop the backup list, even though he’s said he’s happy in Denver.
“Well, I told him it never ends well there,” Albert told Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News. “Just look at recent history. It’s because of one man (Dolan). There is no happiness there.”
What, you thought this was going to be easy? C’mon, it’s the Knicks!
Derek Fisher is still playing basketball. But if the Knicks have their way he’ll be coaching them very soon.
On Wednesday, Kerr agreed to become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. The news didn’t sit well with WFAN co-host Joe Benigno.
This strikes a blow to everyone in the organization, from Jackson to Jim Dolan to Carmelo Anthony, who must be appalled by the notion that the most visible non-player in the NBA can’t even get his own acolyte to coach for him.
The Knicks managed to convince Phil Jackson to move east. Jackson couldn’t do the same with Steve Kerr, who spurned NY on Wednesday to stay closer to home with the Warriors.
As the Steve Kerr negotiations dragged on longer and longer, it became more and more clear that something wasn’t right. It was truly an “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” situation.
Despite Masahiro Tanaka’s Subway Series brilliance and the Nets’ season coming to an unceremonious conclusion, it was the Knicks who made it to the top of the Boomer & Carton rundown.