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Reports: Derek Fisher agrees to coach the Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning, amid reports that Derek Fisher has agreed to become the team's new coach.

The Knicks did not confirm the reports, other than saying they were planning a "major announcement."

Several media outlets cited unnamed sources saying the longtime NBA guard agreed to terms with the Knicks on a deal that was still being finalized.

The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.

Derek Fisher Accepts New York Knicks Coaching Job: Reports

Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, though it was widely known that this season would be his last as a player. And once the Knicks failed to close a deal with Steve Kerr - who wound up accepting an offer from Golden State - Fisher was believed to be the next target on Jackson's list.

Jackson was fined $25,000 for the league last week for a tampering violation involving Fisher. He was still under contract with the Thunder when Jackson told New York reporters that Fisher was "on my list of guys that could be very good candidates" to replace Mike Woodson on the Knicks' sideline.

Fisher surely could still play. He has just suspected for a while that his time has come to do something else.

"Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people's lives," Fisher told reporters during his exit interview after Oklahoma City's season ended. "To help a group of people find success, whether they have or haven't before, you're all working together for a common goal."

Fisher's hiring means that next season, both teams in New York will have former point guards barely removed from playing days at the helms. It worked for the Brooklyn Nets, who made the Eastern Conference semifinals this season with first-year coach Jason Kidd, and now the Knicks will hope that Fisher can have the same success.

His hiring is the first significant step in what's expected to be a broad makeover of the team by Jackson, who was hired late in the regular season to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the last 14 years.

Over that 14-year span, the Knicks have won a mere 10 playoff games. Fisher played in 134 playoff wins during that stretch.

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tonden123 June 09 2014 at 9:31 PM

Dereck will have alot of talent to work with like:

JR Smith
Cluless Carmelo if he resigns (I hope not)
Limited draft picks
Over the salary cap

Knicks stink and have stunk for the last 15 years
Eddie Curry
Steveie Francis
Antonio Davis
and many more I cant remember

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hectorvasquez399 tonden123 June 10 2014 at 2:21 AM

they stink and i am from the stinky city never liked that stinky team.

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davedoe12 hectorvasquez399 June 10 2014 at 9:33 AM

sadly, I agree.

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aaron tonden123 June 10 2014 at 1:12 PM

I know, how ownership has been so clueless for so long I will never know....lets just hope Phil and his crew get this ship on right course...I for one as well wouldn't be too upset if Melo left, he needs a change and we need to start from 0

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jyc925 June 09 2014 at 11:56 PM

Good Luck Derek !! It could not happen to a nicer guy. I sure did miss you on the Lakers, but I'm so fed up with them I haven't watched in two years. They need to get rid of Kupchek he can't mange a boy scout troop. I guess in plain english he is pathetic !! I hope Jeanne wakes up soon. I know Jim is charge, but he is doing a lousy job !! They won't win a championship for years, but they reap what they sew and their sewing is lousy !!! Good Luck Fish !! Wish you were here !

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snrar jyc925 June 10 2014 at 10:34 AM

Kupchek is not the problem it is the ownership which is the son of Jerry Buss now if the daughter were running the team you would have a different team as she knows basketball better than her brother .

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Wild Wayne June 09 2014 at 8:46 PM

That is unntil he does not like living in New York and then one of his kids will become the victim of an incurable disease and Fisher and his family will have to move back to L.A..

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Cindy June 09 2014 at 9:30 PM

Was so hoping Fisher would coach the Lakers! Again the Lakers blow it by not snatching Fisher up!!!

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exitscreaming Cindy June 09 2014 at 11:35 PM

I agree 100% , the fans would have loved that...Lakers don't seem to know what they are doing lately

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davedoe12 Cindy June 10 2014 at 9:34 AM

The Lakers are going no where. They are a HAS BEEN TEAM.

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sixboroent June 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

what a bad mistake Phil has made, come on some guy that has never coached, Patrick Ewing was in his view the whole time and nothing, i dont look forward to this season unless it proves wrong.

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webreader sixboroent June 09 2014 at 10:42 PM

Phil Jackson said that he wanted someone that he knew and could work with. Everybody can't coach, everybody can't teach. Derek Fisher will do just fine.

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NEIL G. June 09 2014 at 9:48 PM

well,it cant get any worse!!...........fisher is a smart guy who knows basketball..........fingers crossed!!..........now just get rid of alot of dead weight and build around carmelo..........

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kingofjamul June 09 2014 at 11:32 PM

good luck Derek!

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halt1025 June 10 2014 at 9:47 AM


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richcantwell109 June 10 2014 at 9:29 AM

IMHO, all we needed was Mark Jackson as coach. I think Phil may be a little out of touch and the triangle out dated. We don't need a rookie Gm & his puppet.

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ferrariqx richcantwell109 June 10 2014 at 10:38 AM

Triangle outdated??? Hmmm.... 11 Championships are meaningless and irrelevant?

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daveb4444 June 10 2014 at 10:17 AM


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