It's o-Fish-al: Derek Fisher to be hired as coach of New York Knicks
The hiring does not come as a huge surprise. After all, the Knicks just had to cough up a $25,000 tampering fine because of team president Jackson saying, "The last two summers, Derek and I have talked about the next step in his career" while Fisher was still technically under contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the news that Derek Fisher will be named head coach of the New York Knicks. Woj reports that Fisher has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million deal, the same as was signed by the Knicks' first target Steve Kerr to coach the Golden State Warriors.
"Fisher, 39, had been seeking the same five-year commitment the Knicks had given Jackson to be president," Wojnarowski reports.
Fisher takes over a Knicks team that has averaged only 34 wins in each of the last ten seasons, a span during which they've made the playoffs only three times.
This despite a roster with current All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, plus $100 million man Amare Stoudemire.
Fisher is an 18-year NBA veteran, 15 of those seasons spent with the Lakers. Fisher has played in more playoff games than any other player in NBA history (244, most recently for Oklahama City), and served as the NBA Players Association.