After weeks of speculation on who would coach the New York Knicks next season, we’ve come to a conclusion.
According to NBA senior writer Howard Beck of Bleacher Report and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal to become the new head coach of the Knicks.
Derek Fisher has decided to accept the Knicks’ head coaching position, per source.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 9, 2014
Derek Fisher is finalizing an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million deal to become the Knicks coach, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 9, 2014
Fisher’s contract is the same Steve Kerr got from the Golden State Warriors, after Kerr spurned New York for the west coast. Given Kerr’s choice of Golden State, Knicks’ president of basketball operations Phil Jackson probably didn’t want to lose Fisher.
Wojnarowski is also reporting that Fisher will bring along Kurt Rambis and Bill Cartwright as his assistant coaches.
Fisher won five NBA titles playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and finished this past postseason playing in his 259 playoff game, which is a league record. He’s won 161 postseason tilts, which is also a record.
Over 20 seasons which amassed to 1,287 regular-season games, Fisher averaged 8.3 points, three assists, and 2.1 rebounds-per-game while playing for the Lakers, Warriors, Utah Jazz, Thunder, and Dallas Mavericks.