Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher

Phil Jackson has been fined for tampering with Derek Fisher

6/3/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mar 6, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIt has been the common assumption that Derek Fisher is going to retire now that the Thunder have been eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.

That means that once he's officially retired, Phil Jackson can go after him and try to hire him as the new head coach of the New York Knicks.

Unfortunately for Jackson, he already discussed the possibility of Fisher coaching the Knicks in public, so that means he was technically tampering with an employee of another organization.

Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering, thanks to his comments saying that Fisher would be a good candidate for the job.

I'm not sure if Fisher would actually be a good coach, since he obviously has zero experience. But Jason Kidd wasn't awful this year for the Nets after coming straight out of a Hall of Fame caliber career as a point guard, so perhaps Fisher could do the same.

Kidd had some early struggles, but he and the Nets looked a lot better as the year went on, and he showed that he can be a decent coach in the long term.

Fisher has always been known as a cerebral player, so perhaps he's the next one who could successfully make the leap.

If he eventually gets hired by the Knicks, then the $25,000 fine will just be chalked up to the cost of doing business. If not, then it's just a waste of money. Either way, I'm sure Jackson will be fine.
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6/9/14   |   j1791m   |   1 respect

(Edited by j1791m)

Derek Fisher should thank Jason Kidd that his rookie year finished relatively strong