Derek Fisher is already making his presence felt in New York. The newly hired Knicks coach was seen at Madison Square Garden, not coaching, but observing tonight’s Stanley Cup finals game. The Rangers and Knicks are both owned by James Dolan so Fisher appearing is a nice sign of support for their partners through ownership. They also share the same building so maybe the Rangers can inspire a spirit of winning inside MSG that the Knicks can follow.
An interesting subplot to Fisher being at this game is that the team the Rangers are playing hail from the city where he had all of his success. The Los Angeles Kings are the Rangers opponent and they also happen to share a building with Fisher’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher won 5 championships with the Lakers over in the Staples Center, the home arena of the Kings. I doubt Fisher feels very conflicted about this but considering the Kings are up 3-0 in the series right now maybe it’s bad mojo to have him in the building. After winning so many championships in the same building as the Kings he might be rubbing off in the wrong way and instead having the effect of winning for the Rangers, is having it for the Kings. Of course, at the time of this post the Rangers are up 2-0 so I could be totally off base here.
If the Rangers win tonight with Fisher in attendance they might have to make him attend every game the rest of this series so he can use some of those winning superlatives to spur the Rangers on to victory.