The New York Knicks decided to move on from head coach Derek Fisher this Monday morning. The Knicks have lost five straight games and nine of its last ten. Fisher went 40-96 in a season and a half as head coach.
Fisher thanked the Knicks organization for the opporutnity to start his head coaching career. “This is a very talented team with strong character and I am confident they will succeed. Obviously, I’m disappointed, but have learned an immense amount from this experience and hope to grow from it,” stated Fisher.
Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were responsible for this decision and had the endorsment of team owner James Dolan. “Some of the onus is on the players,” Jackson said. “It’s a lot easier to fire a coach than 15 players. Unfortunately, it’s not always the coach.”
Veteran assitant Kurt Rambis will take over in the interim as Knicks head coach, but this will surely be an attractive job this offseason. Luke Walton and Brian Shaw, two former players of Phil Jackson are already considered candidates for the head coaching job.
It is fair to question whether Fisher really had a fair shot to show his coaching abilities. The Knicks lacked talent around often injured Carmelo Anthony and Fisher only was able to work with rising young star Kristaps Porzingis. Fisher was a questionable hire from the start as Fisher had no head coaching experience and it resulted in a failure.
Madison Square Garden has excitment with Porzingis and Anthony, but the team must find a dynamic point guard and a strong head coach to put the Knicks back on the right track. Jackson must handle this new head coaching hire critically, or Knicks fans will question his own personal hire as team president next.