The possibility of Derek Fisher trading in his uniform for a suit on the bench is starting to look more like a reality. According to the latest New York Knicks coaching rumors, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard is the favorite to land the Knicks’ head coaching job after the team was spurned by Steve Kerr, who took the job with the Golden State Warriors.
According to CBS Sports, Knicks president Phil Jackson has Fisher at the top of his list of coaching candidates.
From the report:
Jackson’s plan, according to a source, would be to assemble an experienced staff around Fisher which could potentially include Kurt Rambis and Bill Cartwright, two former NBA head coaches. Jackson thinks highly of Rambis, the long-time Lakers assistant, and there is a possibility that Rambis could be hired as a head coach.
The Knicks were interested in Kerr, who had no coaching experience, so the lack of experience coaching from the sidelines should not be a concern for the team as they consider hiring Fisher.
Much like Jason Kidd a year ago, it is very possible that we could see a player take a head coaching job right after his playing days are over.
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