Derek Fisher’s time in Southern California appears to be over.
The Los Angeles Sparks announced on Tuesday they have parted ways with Fisher as head coach “following a thorough evaluation” of the team’s current state. Assistant Fred Williams will serve as the Sparks’ interim coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.
NEWS: @LASparks Part Ways with General Manager/Head Coach Derek Fisher
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— Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) June 7, 2022
Fisher was hired as Los Angeles’ coach on December 5th, 2018. He was named the team’s general manager just over two years later, cementing himself as the Sparks’ head on-court and personnel decision-maker.
Los Angeles went 54-46 during his tenure, twice advancing to the postseason. The Sparks went just 1-4 in the playoffs under Fisher, though, and are off to a tough start this season after a disappointing 12-20 record last year. They are currently 5-7, the eighth-best record among the WNBA’s 12 teams.
In a statement, Fisher thanked the organization for the opportunity to shepherd the Sparks, noting that his departure was a “mutual decision” that will allow him to focus on “other opportunities.”
“I want to thank the LA Sparks organization, ownership, staff, players, and fans for the opportunity they have afforded me over the last four years as a part of this historic franchise,” Fisher said. “Their support has allowed me to grow as both a coach and front office executive and I am proud of what we have accomplished.”
“The Sparks and I have mutually agreed to part ways as I shift my focus back to pursuing other opportunities and private endeavors,” Fisher added. “It has been an amazing ride and I wish the entire LA sparks organization great success moving forward.”
Derek Fisher, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, broke into coaching shortly after his playing career when he was named head coach of the New York Knicks on June 10th, 2014. He lasted just one-and-a-half seasons in New York before getting fired, finishing with an overall record of 40-96.