Derek Fisher excited to be new coach of Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks are going to welcoming their new head coach soon. It will be none other than former NBA guard Derek Fisher. The 44-year old-will become the franchise’s 12th head coach, as he replaces Brian Agler, who gave up his post last month.
Under Agler, the Sparks had a successful run. He led the team to a WNBA title in 2016, becoming the only head coach in the league’s history to win with two different franchises. Agler also coached the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2010.
The former Los Angeles Lakers guard hopes to replicate the Sparks’ glory days under Agler. According to the Sparks’ official website, Fisher has expressed his excitement in taking over the team.
“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks,” Derek Fisher said. “There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can’t wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand – and deserve.”
Before becoming a coach, Fisher played for 18 seasons in the NBA. He had a memorable stint with the Lakers, as he was able to win five NBA titles with the team.
Fisher was a part of the team’s first three-peat in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He left the team in 2004, but returned in 2007 to help the team add two more titles in 2009 and 2010.
In 2007, Fisher became president of the NBA Players Association, a position he held until 2013. His coaching career started in October 2014 with the New York Knicks, but he had limited success with the team and was fired in February 2016 after he led his team to a 23-31 record at that point.