HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

June 10, 2014 Updates

“Derek can be a great coach because he’s always been a ‘glue guy,’ ”' Reggie Miller told me the other day. “He’s had that influence in every locker room he’s ever been in. He’s seen everything there is to see in basketball and he’s been a champion. And he’s been under Phil Jackson’s tutelage.” New York Daily News

June 9, 2014 Updates

It is immediately unclear whether the fifth year is guaranteed or includes a team option. Fisher’s deal matches the five-year, $25 million agreement Kerr reached with Golden State, but is less of a commitment than what New York initially offered Kerr to become its coach. Yahoo! Sports

All share longtime coaching or playing experience with Jackson, and Fisher plans to run Jackson's famed triangle offense with the Knicks. The Knicks' support system, centered on Jackson's mentorship role, is one of the most attractive features of the job to Fisher. Fisher played parts of 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson. Yahoo! Sports

Frank Isola: The Knicks have not announced a press conference for Derek Fisher. (But at least they don't have to worry about the Warriors jumping in.) Twitter @FisolaNYDN

The New York Knicks' pursuit of Derek Fisher to be their new coach will ramp up this week and is widely expected to result in the hiring of the 17-year veteran guard, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that new Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fully focused on Fisher since Steve Kerr unexpectedly decided to take the Golden State Warriors' job, when Jackson and essentially the whole league believed Kerr was bound for New York. ESPN.com

The Knicks' main fear, sources say, is if Fisher were to decide to keep playing. Provided Fisher opts for retirement, as most expect, New York is in prime position to hire the 39-year-old who has long been regarded as a natural leader. In addition to his role on five championship teams with the Lakers, Fisher served as president of the NBA Players Association and has long been regarded by Kobe Bryant as his favorite all-time teammate. ESPN.com

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