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March 18, 2015 Updates

New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife, Candace. Fisher filed the paperwork Wednesday in Los Angeles, a spokesman tells The Associated Press. Fisher says in a statement that "this is a difficult time for me personally. For the sake of our children, I ask that everyone respects our privacy during this process." The Fishers were married Feb. 19, 2005, and have two children together: twins Tatum and Drew. They each also have another child from a previous relationship. Tatum has recovered from retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer for which she was treated in 2007. ESPN.com

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March 14, 2015 Updates

Perhaps the underlying issue is Jackson would like to see Fisher show more emotion, in general, amid this 13-51 disaster of a season. The Zen Master admitted he hasn’t been in the locker room with his rookie hire to hear his “locker-room rants’’ but admitted to his own on his living-room couch. “I had a few early [but] I didn’t know if it changes anything,’’ Fisher said Friday after practice at the University of San Francisco ahead of Saturday’s matchup with the Warriors. “When I feel it’s necessary, I’ll do it. If I’m in the huddle asking those guys to stay composed and be positive and don’t let emotions get the best of you, I also have to exemplify that, but I also have fight for them. But I don’t think technical fouls is the only way to do that.’’ New York Post

Fisher, sensitive to being considered Jackson’s puppet, said he would rather his players exude a style earning the officials’ respect. Jackson was reputed to be a master manipulator of referees, often sending messages during playoff press briefings. ”I don’t know how to get into a conversation how much a coach has to do with how many calls go in your favor or not,’’ Fisher said. “I’m not [Phil]. I’m not coaching the teams he coached. I have to measure it based on who our team is. We don’t have enough history together. I don’t know if it would be fair to leave them out on the field while I’m in the back. “I don’t think Phil made the difference on how many calls we got or not,’’ Fisher added. “I don’t know if I’ll make that difference.’’ New York Post

March 10, 2015 Updates
March 8, 2015 Updates

And as far as his future, coach Derek Fisher said, “Well, he is under contract for next year …” But he expanded. “Timmy has a great deal of potential as a young guard. He is showing more skill in handling the basketball and playing defense,” Fisher said. “Tim has done well under the circumstances,” Fisher added, noting Hardaway began the season No. 3 on the two-guard depth chart. “So there weren’t a lot of minutes and lot of opportunities. Plus, a new way of playing, a new style of playing, but I think he’s tried his best to adjust and he’s taken the defensive end more seriously. New York Post

March 4, 2015 Updates

After Steve Kerr backed out of Jackson’s offer to coach the Knicks, The Post reported exclusively in May Jackson preferred Shaw, a triangle-offense guru, over Derek Fisher, but was leery of going down that path because of the compensation he would have had to give the Nuggets. Shaw served under Jackson with the Lakers as either a scout or assistant coach from 2003-11. It’s doubtful Jackson would move to replace Fisher after giving him a five-year contract, but adding Shaw as another veteran triangle voice on the Knicks coaching staff next season is entirely possible. New York Post

“Brian will be fine,’’ Fisher said. “He’s as tough as they come mentally and physically. I’m sure he’s disappointed in the decision. … I think he’ll be fine and find a landing spot. He’s tough and smart enough to find his way wherever he wants to be.” Jackson withdrew himself from pursuing Shaw during the offseason when Denver president Josh Kroenke released a statement saying his coach was going nowhere. “[Kroenke] made a statement they’re not willing to let Brian Shaw go — I respect that,” Jackson said at the time. “It’s intrusive to approach another organization to ask for their coach. I would feel badly for someone to ask to speak to my coach.” New York Post

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“I think Andrea’s best basketball is ahead of him,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “But the opportunity now presents itself that he can really step into a role that maybe he would not have had if we were healthy (earlier this season), and show some things for himself. “He’s a free agent going into the summer, and whether it’s our team or 29 other teams, there’s a lot of reasons why he should want to go out and play well.” ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates

With their lavish budget, the Knicks have proved willing to spend over the years, including nominal investments in analytics. The Knicks subscribed to SportVU before it went league-wide, have utilized Catapult technology and employ a director of analytics, Mike Smith, with an assistant. Smith's background is in video rather than statistical analysis, however, and our sources cast doubt on how interested the team's decision-makers really are. Director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, who hired analytics pioneer Dean Oliver when he was with the Denver Nuggets, is a believer, but Jackson calls the shots and coach Derek Fisher is running Jackson's offense. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates
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Asked the toughest part of mastering the Derek Fisher/Jackson system, Smith gave his most detailed complaint yet. “The toughest thing is we didn’t run enough,’’ Smith said. “With the talent we had, there was no transition offense. It was bring the ball up, run our set and go from there. Everything is a read. So I may not be reading the same thing as the next person is reading. Before you know it, you got turnovers, missed shots and bad transition defense.’’ New York Post

February 20, 2015 Updates

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