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Did The Knicks Make A Smart Move By Hiring Derek Fisher To Be Their New Head Coach?

Submitted by on June 11, 2014 – 9:02 am3 Comments

For the last two months, New York Knicks fans have been wondering who the team’s next head coach was going to be. Back in April, the team cut ties with their former head coach Mike Woodson and, ever since then, there have been dozens and dozens of rumors surrounding their head coaching position with everyone from Steve Kerr to Luke Walton perceived to be on team president Phil Jackson‘s radar. But yesterday, the Knicks finally revealed who their head coach will be for the next few years. And that head coach will be none other than Derek Fisher, who, up until recently, was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

If you were surprised to hear that the Knicks signed Fisher to be their head coach—and surprised to hear that they gave him a five-year contract worth about $25 million—you weren’t alone. There were quite a few Knicks fans and NBA fans as a whole who were shocked to hear that Jackson was bringing Fisher on board. But when you sit back and think about it, Fisher might just be the perfect person for the job right now. And there are five reasons why this is true:

  1. Fisher has no head coaching experience in the NBA. Normally, that would be a con against him. But in New York City, the stakes are high and they’re made even higher every time the Knicks bring in a coach with a ton of experience. People expect something from guys who have proven to be winners in the past. But in Fisher’s case, he doesn’t have a “past” in the world of coaching yet. So Knicks fans won’t expect too much from him right away, which is for the best.
  2. Fisher has a great relationship with Jackson. The two won five titles together in Los Angeles with the Lakers and it won’t take long for them to get on the same page with the Knicks.
  3. Fisher knows a thing or two (or five!) about winning NBA championships. So he will immediately command respect from guys like Carmelo Anthony (assuming he stays in New York next season) because they’ll know he means business.
  4. Fisher gives Knicks fans the splashy hire they were looking for. The instant name recognition associated with him will go a long way in the Big Apple.
  5. Fisher wants to be with Jackson and the New York Knicks. He basically just retired from the NBA to come to NYC to coach.

Does all of this mean that Fisher is definitely going to be a great coach in New York City? Not at all. In fact, the chips are still stacked against him. But if nothing else, he should give Knicks fans hope for the future and get them excited for next season to start. It’s a new era and it’ll be interesting to see how Fisher handles coaching in the big city.

How do you think Fisher will do with the Knicks? Is he destined for greatness as a coach or will he prove that first-year head coaches should not be given huge contracts by NBA teams?

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