Video: Derek Fisher is back on the basketball court working on his game
Derek Fisher‘s coaching career didn’t get off to nearly as solid of a start as his playing career. After building an impressive legacy as a five-time champion on the Los Angeles Lakers with the knack for coming up clutch in pivotal moments, Fisher became the head coach of the New York Knicks in 2014 shortly after finishing the previous season as a reserve for the Thunder.
The Knicks had an abysmal 17-65 record in his first campaign, a testament to the lack of talent on the roster rather than Fisher’s performance as the coach. They started out surprisingly well last season, but when their run stalled, Derek’s former coach and Knicks president Phil Jackson decided to cut ties with Fisher. In a little over a season and a half, Fisher’s Knicks went 40-96.
Other than a few appearances on NBA TV and TNT’s NBA coverage, Fisher has kept a relatively low-profile since. After drawing headlines for an altercation with old teammate Matt Barnes, this was probably a smart route.
We hadn’t heard from D-Fish in months, until he posted this video working on his game:
Fish still appears to be in great shape, but there’s no indication whatsoever that he’s eyeing some sort of return to the league as a player. He can still ball, but the speed of the NBA game is something else. This appears to be more of an advertisement for Dashletics than anything else.
At just 41 years of age, Fisher has plenty of time to pursue multiple avenues in the basketball world. It’s unclear if he’ll continue providing insight as an analyst, or if he’ll get back into coaching. One thing that’s clear is that Fisher’s love for playing the game has not dwindled.