HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

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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

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Derek Fisher said his message to Carmelo Anthony when Knicks officials met with him last week was that the team will win and hopes that got through to him. But, like everyone else, the new Knicks coach is waiting for Anthony's decision. "It's about winning from what I could gather," Fisher said Tuesday after summer league practice. "He wants to win. He wants to be successful, and so in the time I had to visit with him, I just shared with him that we'll be a better basketball team because we'll play the game in a better way. We'll play as a team, we'll play with a system with the format that allows the game to be easier for him and easier for his teammates. "I'm not sure if we hit home, I guess we'll find out, but hopefully we'll find out soon." Newsday

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has named Kurt Rambis associate head coach. The hiring reunites Rambis with Head Coach Derek Fisher, with whom he spent 10 seasons with at the Los Angeles Lakers. “Together, Derek and I have started assembling a coaching staff to lead this team on and off the court,” Jackson said. “The three of us are similar in our philosophies and our approach to the game.” NBA.com

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Carmelo Anthony said he had a "great" meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and head coach Derek Fisher in Los Angeles last week. He also commended Jackson for his decision to hire Fisher, a first-year head coach. "It was great meeting with Phil, it went well," Anthony told two reporters at an event on Wednesday in Manhattan to promote his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones. On Fisher's hiring, Anthony added: "I like what Phil is doing." ESPN.com

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Fisher made his first appearance last week as Phil Jackson's choice as head coach of the Knicks, having signed a four-year deal (not five, as originally reported). He won the press conference, of course; he always wins the press conference. But winning games will be a different challenge, regardless of what Carmelo Anthony decides to do next season. NBA.com

June 13, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson says Derek Fisher will bring his “underdog” persona to the Knicks and instill that mentality into the players — something he likes best about his new coaching hire. In an MSG Network special on the Jackson-Fisher dynamic set to air Friday night at 8 p.m., the Zen Master discusses his former Lakers pupil’s basketball background. “Fish’s career lasting until he’s almost 40 years of age is a remarkable feat,” Jackson said. “He talked about the fact that he never was the quickest, never could jump the highest, never was the tallest. He always was kind of in an underdog role, but he was so well prepared. He spent the offseason working on what he had to do, and he’s going to bring that mentality to our players. New York Post

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A quick note on that contract: It is not quite as generous as has been widely reported. Although it could be worth $25 million over five years, the deal includes a number of team options, as well as potential bonuses, according to a league source. Fisher's first-year salary is closer to $4 million. Bleacher Report

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