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Report: Phil Jackson Fined for Tampering with Derek Fisher

New York Knicks’ president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, has been fined $25,000 for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher. Jackson’s fine ties in with comments he made in a press conference last week about Fisher’s candidacy for the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy.

Phil Jackson (left) is pursuing former student Derek Fisher to coach the New York Knicks - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Phil Jackson (left) is pursuing former student Derek Fisher to coach the New York Knicks – Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Barely a fortnight on the job and Phil Jackson’s already opening his wallet.

According to ESPN NBA correspondent Marc Stein, Jackson has reportedly been docked $25,000 for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher, who’s a possible candidate to become the new head coach of the New York Knicks.

And how do we know Fisher is in the running for the job? Well, Stein reports that Jackson’s fine ties to comments he made in a press conference last week towards Fisher’s potential Knicks’ gig.

Jackson, who was hired as the new president of basketball operations for New York, relieved Mike Woodson of his head coaching privileges, and has since been seeking a person to fill the void.

Steve Kerr – Jackson’s ex-student – was though to replace Woodson, however, pulled a fast one on New York, and took Golden State’s head coaching vacancy. Now, Fisher seems to be next up, and Jackson is reportedly set to meet with his ex-pupil this week – per Stein.

Together, Fisher and Jackson won five titles while with the Los Angeles Lakers, and both are extremely familiar with each other – obviously. So, the duo could possibly rekindle those championship ways in New York.

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