HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

November 19, 2014 Updates

With the Bucks’ lead down to 2 points with less than 10 seconds to play, J. R. Smith nearly stole an inbounds pass, which would have given the Knicks a chance to tie or go ahead. Instead, an official review confirmed that Smith — and not the Bucks — had knocked the ball out of bounds. “Play harder,” a somber Smith said after the game, when asked about Fisher’s halftime message. “For some reasons, it’s something we have to be reminded of — to play hard — which is something that’s really embarrassing.” New York Times

November 18, 2014 Updates

“Whenever he’s back, his versatility is huge for us on both ends of the floor,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after Monday’s practice. “I think he can guard multiple positions and offensively he can play multiple positions. He’s another guy on the floor that defenses have to think about how they want to cover him. He makes the game easier for Carmelo [Anthony], J.R. [Smith], Iman [Shumpert]. So we’re excited to get him back soon hopefully, and start to kind of rebuild our team again once we get some guys back out there.” ESPN.com

November 15, 2014 Updates

Fisher continued to distance himself from Woodson when he noted on Friday that last season’s team lacked organization -- an indirect knock on the previous coaching staff. “For a team and players that traditionally were not as organized or system-based on either end, we’re not just trying to run plays or we’re not just trying to cover one play by switching everything,” Fisher said in a reference to the team’s woeful pick-and-roll coverage last season. “We’re trying to put in a way to defend as a team, a way to play offense as a team, and that’s not an overnight thing. So we’re breaking down some habits, we’re re-instilling some old habits that need to be freshened up. And we’re creating entirely new ones.” ESPN.com

November 13, 2014 Updates

For his part, Fisher said that putting a date on when a player will get the triangle is not in his thinking. Each players learns it at his own pace. “I don’t know if it’s a fair assessment or not,’’ Fisher said before the Knicks’ 97-95 loss Wednesday night to the Magic — their sixth straight defeat. “[Phil] obviously knows a lot about his offense, but I think it’s more than just a guy is going to get it. Each player and person has different learning curves. I don’t know if there’s a date. “It’s more where our team is from a management standpoint. For me, I don’t have a date on when I would assume a guy should or shouldn’t have it. I’m going to coach him until he’s here or isn’t here. Those won’t be my decisions.’’ New York Post

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“I’m not Phil Jackson, that’s for sure,” Fisher said Friday in Tarrytown. “I am not going to try to be or even pretend to be. I’ve for sure taken a lot of the basketball experiences and knowledge and life experiences and knowledge from working for Phil for so many years. So there will for sure be some things I will try and channel.” “At the same time, I’ve learned a lot from other coaches, other men, other people that inspire me, other great leaders, other great athletes, great people that I’ll also channel.” New York Post

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Phil Jackson: I’m not on the floor coaching this team. I would imagine that at some point [coach Derek Fisher] is gonna pull that out. I don’t want him to have to read it in this paper (chuckle) to pull it out, but it was something that told you about, “OK, I’m divorcing myself from my personality for a while to become coach. And you are submitting your ego and your personal desires to follow this coaching aspect that we’re gonna go through this coach and player relationship.” So I admire guys who can get that done. New York Post

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Phil Jackson was mum and Derek Fisher measured his words carefully, on the heels of the Daily News reporting that Carmelo Anthony is expected to announce Thursday that he will be staying with the Knicks. “I haven’t been told anything about that at this point. That would be great if it were to happen. I’d be excited if I am told that,” Fisher said after running the Knicks’ summer-league practice Wednesday morning at a local high school. “At this point I don’t know everything, per se. We’ve been busy here all morning. I guess we’ll wait and see if that report is confirmed, and we’ll go from there. I’m the basketball coach, and that’s what I’m focused on every day,” Fisher added. “Those types of questions are probably more for Phil.” New York Daily News

July 9, 2014 Updates

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