Apr 6, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Thunder 122-115. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Fisher shocked Lakers didn’t try harder to hire him


The Los Angeles Lakers put out a mild feeler to former player Derek Fisher to see if he’d be interested in coaching the team, but little ever came from it and apparently, that was the fault of the Lakers according to Fisher himself.

Speaking to the media, Fisher did state that the Lakers had some interest in him and that the two sides did have informal talks, but nothing more came from those talks and he was shocked Los Angeles didn’t make better attempts to sign him as their next head coach according to Mark Medina.

Derek Fisher on Lakers: “It was a very casual, informal reach out from the Lakers. I don’t know if they ever considered me.” Fisher said he was “surprised” Lakers indicated they wouldn’t pursue him. Fisher said he told Lakers he was already far down the road with Phil Jackson. So unless they had serious interest in him, it would be hard.

Fisher, despite being a longtime member of the Lakers, has no prior coaching experience outside of playing point guard on an NBA court so it’s possible the Lakers decided early on they want somebody with experience on the sidelines.

It’s a fair argument, if that does indeed prove to be true as Fisher is a bit of an unknown as a head coach.

As for the Lakers, they’re still continuing to interview candidates for their head coaching vacancy and don’t appear any closer to filling it than they were when the offseason began.

Tags: Derek Fisher Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks

  • J Taylor

    Has PJ already filled Fisher’s ego to enormous levels?
    “Surprised”….
    Two months ago, he said that he wasn’t sure he wanted to be a coach…..
    Why does every beat writer look to spin a story against the Lakers just for the sake of posting an article?

  • BillyLo74

    First the story regarding Jeanie nixing the idea of getting Carmelo because it’d upset Phil, and now Phil wants Fish and there isn’t even an interview for the guy. Please sell the team Buss family. You have a wealth of assets you let walk away and build great teams. The future seems bleak under the stewardship of the Buss family.

  • thomas rickard

    Who was going to mentor him, in NY PJ is there to help, the players won’t be going to play for Fisher, they’ll be going there because of Jackson, even if LA had offered him the job, it’s most unlikely he would of taken it, he’s no fool.

  • Dwan Fulwood

    it’s not business it’s personal. I tried not to believe it but the Lakers motivation has changed from winning championships to making money via revenue sharing and the billion dollar time warner cable contract. Rejecting Phil Jackson and now Derek Fisher leads me to believe a trade forced by Kobe to New York is next. Why because what would be better than for Kobe to past Jordan for that 7th ring at Madison Square Garden. With Kobe, Carmelo, Tyson Chandler, Lamar Odom and Tim Hardaway Jr, it could happen.

    • Jose Velez

      Yo that would be a team i would want to watch….im a die hard kobe fan and honestly i dont care if he left the lakers to pursue another ring. The lakers organization has fallen and it doesnt seem as tho they will be making a comeback anytime soon.

    • George Galvan

      Kobe has a no trade clause