Mar 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks new president of basketball of operations Phil Jackson is introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks expected to step up efforts to hire Derek Fisher

The New York Knicks swung and missed badly on Steve Kerr earlier this offseason and it has left the team sort of scrambling ot save face. It seems that the best way Phil Jackson thinks he can do that is to hire former player Derek Fisher, who played under Jackson in Los Angeles.

Fisher has been bounced around as a name a few teams could consider as head coach, but with teams like the Timberwolves, Pistons and others finding head coaches and the Lakers pulling out of their pursuit of Fisher, it’s again looking like New York is zeroing in on it’s next hire.

According to Marc Stein of, the New York Knicks are set to step up their efforts to hire Derek Fisher as the team’s next head coach

One source close to the talks said Monday that “things could take shape quickly in the early part of the week.” The Knicks, though, are approaching this serious stage of talks with a hint of trepidation after the seemingly inevitable hiring of Kerr unraveled.

The ultimate question is will Fisher even be that well prepared to be a head coach? It’s not that anyone is saying he’s going to just float into a job and take his time to settle in, but he’ll be learning to be an NBA head coach while on the job and he’ll be doing so in one of the testiest markets in the world.

Knicks fans are crazy and they’re crazy impatient as well. He won’t have a long leash, but Fisher seems to be a guy that fans are warming up to and this is before he even decides if he’s playing another year or not which means the Knicks could be setting themselves up to get burned once again.

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