Derek Fisher reflects on his failed stint coaching Knicks
When the New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as head coach back in 2014, everyone in New York thought he was going to be the guy to get the franchise over the hump and back to winning games.
Unfortunately for Fisher and the Knicks, that never happened. Fisher went just 40-96 in 136 games with the Knicks and was fired 54 games into his second season in The Big Apple.
Now the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Fisher reflected on his failed stint with the Knicks in an interview with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Fisher took the Knicks job because he thought he’d be doing it for the next 20 years and had the time to grow into it. Less than two seasons into it, he was fired.
“I take my responsibility and hold myself as accountable as anybody,” Fisher said. “But that was the toughest part about me exiting New York. Not that I got fired. Coaches get fired. It’s that there really was the belief that the way we were trying to approach things as a staff, was what was causing the issue. There were much larger things in play, that are still in play there, affecting it.”
It’s good to see Derek Fisher back in the coaching ranks and enjoying life again. He had a tough couple of years when he was dealing with his failed Knicks tenure and some personal stuff with former NBA forward Matt Barnes.