HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

June 11, 2014 Updates

Fisher’s speech-making skills are good for dreary lockout meetings and introductory press conferences. But this is what one Thunder insider told me during the conference finals: “The thing that worries me about Derek as a coach is it’s one thing to give speeches as a player because it’s unique,” the source said. “But the players don’t want to hear long speeches from the coach every day during the season. Players may roll their eyes. Hopefully, Phil will guide him there.’’ New York Post

Fisher, 39, was formally introduced by the Knicks on Tuesday, and he fielded questions for nearly an hour on a variety of topics, ranging from the triangle offense to Carmelo Anthony's pending free agency to his relationship with Knicks' president Phil Jackson. He answered them with a breezy confidence, finding comfort in familiar platitudes about bringing a winning culture back to the Knicks. But when the conversation turned to Fisher's experience—that is, his total lack of it, from a coaching standpoint—his tone changed, his eyes narrowed and a serious expression crossed his face. He made it clear that despite the unusual circumstances surrounding his appointment and the specter of his high-profile boss, he will command respect. "I am experienced," Fisher said in his most emphatic statement of the day. "Basketball is a game that I am experienced in playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping another group of people achieve the greatest gift in the world as a professional athlete, and that's being a champion. That I have experience in, and that's the experience that I plan on sharing with these players." Wall Street Journal

June 10, 2014 Updates

For his part, Fisher will be paid more than three times his $1.4 million salary last season as a player under the CBA he helped negotiate. If you can't beat 'em, you know the saying. "Are owners so optimistic about the future economics that coaching salaries are skyrocketing?" one team executive said. CBSSports.com

Indeed, Anthony’s ability to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent continues to hover over all things Knicks, including the first-time coach’s introductory news conference Tuesday. “We want Carmelo to be here,” Fisher said at the Knicks’ practice facility in New York. “Obviously, he has a choice. We’ll do everything we can to keep him.” Chicago Tribune

“I can speak from experience that as a player, free agency is something that you want to experience,” Fisher said. “You enjoy the process. But ultimately, you make a choice that you think is best for you and your family. We obviously firmly believe that here is that place for Carmelo. And we’re going to do our best not to convince him or change his mind from maybe a decision that he’s already made but give him some confidence that with the personalities involved and our commitment to working hard to achieve success, that this is place where he can have what he wants. He wants to be on a great team and around great people that want to achieve greatness. He’s great. And he deserves that. And so that’s what we want to work to create with him. And hopefully we can do it.” Chicago Tribune

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