HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

June 2, 2014 Updates

Sources say that the Lakers, meanwhile, remain interested in discussing their vacancy with Fisher but also continue to proceed with a more deliberate coaching search than the Knicks. The Lakers -- who have interviewed coaching veterans Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Mike Dunleavy in addition to discussions with former Lakers head coach Kurt Rambis and ESPN analyst George Karl -- are not yet locked into one candidate. ESPN.com

As the Los Angeles Lakers remain cool on the pursuit of Derek Fisher as a coaching candidate, the New York Knicks continue to cement themselves as the strong frontrunner to hire him, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Nevertheless, the Knicks and Fisher expect conversations to begin before the end of the week, league sources said. The Knicks' support system, centered on Jackson, is an attractive part of the job to Fisher. For all the allure of New York and Madison Square Garden, New York offers a faster route to a rebuild and the playoffs over the Lakers simply because of the disparity in strength between the Eastern and Western Conferences. Fisher played parts of 13 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships under Jackson. Yahoo! Sports

The possibility of going directly into coaching seemed unlikely, but Jason Kidd had a moderately successful, if not always smooth, first season in Brooklyn. And Steve Kerr and Mark Jackson have been hired out of the broadcast booth without coaching experience. “I’d say the last maybe decade or so, I really felt like my purpose in life or my calling, so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people,” Fisher said. “I’d somehow been blessed and gifted enough to positively impact other people. Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives. That’s exciting to me.” New York Times

June 1, 2014 Updates

But Fisher said he had too much respect for his teammates to talk about the Knicks’ coaching job, adding the “wound is too raw’’ and he’ll need a couple of days. But Fisher said it won’t take long to make up his mind on retirement. “There are a number of people who will be impacted by the decision I do make,’’ Fisher said. “Whether I continue to play or do something else within the game, there’s a lot at stake.’’ New York Post

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