HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates
December 15, 2014 Updates

Derek Fisher’s job of developing the Knicks into a cohesive unit has been compromised by two-thirds of the roster being in the final year of their contracts, according to the head coach. “That’s a reality of this game,” Fisher said on Sunday. “You have a number of guys that are thinking about how they’re going to provide for their families and where their career is going and whether they’re going to be here or on another team and all the ramifications of those decisions. “So that’s not easy stuff to process. And then on top of that they’re being asked to sacrifice more and do less in order to win so it’s not a great combination for cohesion and team chemistry but I do think there are enough guys in the locker room that want to do it the right way and so that’s why we’ve had a chance a lot of nights to win. But I don’t think anybody’s giving up on what we’re trying to do at this point.” New York Daily News

December 14, 2014 Updates
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It would be easy, and human nature, for the rookie coach to let doubt creep in and wonder what he got himself into. But Fisher remains steadfast in his commitment to the goal and big picture. “You can’t waver on becoming successful,” Fisher told reporters on Wednesday. “You’ll never get there if you waver or give up. That’s what we have to expect as a group.” “Losing affects everybody,” Fisher added. “But you must take something from it and learn something from it if you want it to change. We have to take our lumps and accept what it is at this moment, but not necessarily accept that it’s going to stay that way.” ESPN.com

December 11, 2014 Updates
December 10, 2014 Updates

A source confirmed an ESPN report that Anthony, along with several other Knicks, is frustrated in the triangle offense which is the preferred system of rookie head coach Derek Fisher. Coincidentally, Phil Jackson’s first choice to coach the Knicks, Steve Kerr, is not running the triangle with the Golden State Warriors, who own the best record in the NBA and have won their last 13 games. New York Daily News

December 9, 2014 Updates

"If I know Phil [Jackson, Knicks team president], he just feels like [crap] right now," Rodman told reporters at a promotional event in Manhattan. "I think he just feels like, 'Wow, I thought I came here to do a great job and revitalize the city of New York.' He didn't expect this. "He didn't expect this. I saw him a couple of times on TV when I was in L.A., and I'm like, I know what you feel like, Phil. You came to be the savior and all of a sudden it's like, ugh. Then you went and got Derek Fisher. Really, is he coaching? Is Derek Fisher coaching? I don't get it. I don't know what's up with that team, man. You've got Carmelo and after that who else do you got? ESPN.com

"They're not running the triangle. Derek Fisher's not really coaching. I know Phil is trying to throw his input in the background, but who expected this from Phil? They expected him, we're going to give you $15 million a year for the next six years and this team is -- wow -- they might not even make the playoffs." ESPN.com

TNT’s Reggie Miller joined the show to talk about the big storylines in the League. Miller weighed in on high-profile players protesting – he said there could be a precedent issue if players protest about an issue in a way that’s not in line with what a lot of people think. Reggie also weighed in on the Warriors owner’s statement on former coach Mark Jackson. And he weighed in on how long Kobe Bryant will play. The Dan Patrick Show

December 8, 2014 Updates

"I think everybody's still trying to learn it," Anthony said Thursday. "Guys for the most part are just trying to become more comfortable with their roles in this system. Now, with what we're doing, you've got to kind of be comfortable with being uncomfortable. A lot of times, in people's careers and guys' careers, they've never had to do that. So it's been a culture shock for everybody. But we've got to do it. This is what we're going to be running, and we've got to adjust to it." NBA.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

The Jackson-Derek Fisher-Carmelo Anthony triangle is taking the shape of a big L. Oh, how good it sounded after that first camp practice at West Point. The players gushed about the new coaching staff’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and defense. Arrows aimed at former coach Mike Woodson. “You’ve got to be patient,’’ one league personnel director said. “You got a coach who’s never coached and a president who’s never built a team.’’ New York Post

December 6, 2014 Updates

But how much further do the Knicks have to fall before we see Fisher stand up and fight for his team? He has displayed ample patience, finding solace in what he’s described as incremental improvements, even as the team has lost 15 of its past 17 games. “We are seeing enough to let us know that, if we can control the parts [of the game] that we can control, we can actually win some of these games,” Fisher said this week when asked if he was concerned with his team’s play. “Am I happy about it? No. None of the players are happy about it. But ‘concerned’ is a defeated word. That is a word of not believing you can still figure things out.” Wall Street Journal

December 1, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith played a season-low five and a half minutes in Sunday’s 86-79 loss to Miami, missing all four of his shots from the floor. Afterward, Knicks coach Derek Fisher revealed that Smith was ill on Sunday and had received an IV before the game. “J.R. wasn’t feeling well today,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a virus or something that impacted him throughout the day today. He had to have some IV fluids before the game. Energy just wasn’t there for him tonight. He tried to give it a go but I don’t think it’s right to put him in that position and have him out there not able to be himself.” New York Daily News

November 28, 2014 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took a subtle shot at New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher before Wednesday’s game. Cuban was asked if he was concerned about Fisher’s commitment to the struggling Knicks, who have dropped 10 of 12. “I’m more concerned with his health and welfare. I know how hard it is for him to fly and travel and be away,” Cuban said sarcastically. Cuban’s sarcasm was a reference to Fisher’s decision to leave the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 2012-13 season and later sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN.com

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

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