HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

June 9, 2014 Updates

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

June 7, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have decided they need a coach with previous NBA coaching experience, which means one thing for Derek Fisher: He isn't a candidate. The Lakers think Fisher will be a solid NBA coach or executive at some point, but their initial curiosity about him has been replaced by a desire for actual experience, the latest turn in a deliberately slow coaching search approaching the six-week mark. Los Angeles Times

June 6, 2014 Updates

Yahoo! Sports reported Jackson and Fisher spoke Wednesday and the two likely will talk again next week after Fisher formally decides whether or not to retire. Jackson needed Presti’s permission to proceed on interviewing Fisher this week for the Knicks’ head-coaching vacancy. The coaching search has hit nearly the seven-week mark. “We have absolutely no reason to expect Derek to keep us informed of his plans,’’ Presti said in his season-wrap-up press conference. “He’s going to have to make the decisions that are best for him. We wish him the best, as with any player that’s come through here. We want them to have fulfilling experiences as a professional but also as a person and reflect back on their time in Oklahoma City as a chance to do the best work of their career. “That’s a player, or a staff member or anybody. I’m hopeful that he looks at that and he feels that he got better and improved in different ways while he was here.’’ New York Post

June 5, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates

Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. The NBA source said Jackson, who has five kids, originally planned to make it a two-week Turkish holiday before he had accepted the Knicks presidency in mid-March. Jackson, however, didn’t want to miss the NBA Draft on June 26, though he never figured he would still be searching for a coach in early June. New York Post

According to an NBA source, Jackson is flying to Turkey in mid-June with his fiancée/Lakers president Jeanie Buss for nearly a week to attend his son Ben’s wedding. Jackson desperately wants the coaching search wrapped up before his European vacation with Buss, who has some interest in Derek Fisher for the Lakers’ front office, if not as head coach. New York Post

June 3, 2014 Updates

Those are all factors that could prevent Fisher from becoming Jackson’s first significant move as Knicks president. The issue of whether Fisher wants to work for Dolan may not be as big of a problem for Fisher as it obviously was for Steve Kerr, who was close to joining the Knicks before agreeing to coach Golden State. New York Daily News

Fisher and Dolan, the Chairman of Madison Square Garden, have a history dating back to the NBA lockout in 2013 when they sat on opposite sides of the labor negotiations. There were reports that Dolan and late Lakers owner Jerry Buss were visibly annoyed by the hard-line demands of certain owners, including Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver. Fisher found an ally in Dolan, and according to a source, Fisher believes he can be successful working at the Garden with Jackson and under Dolan. New York Daily News

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