Derek Fisher officially announced as coach of the New York Knicks
Phil Jackson introduces his former point guard to coach Knicks as first time head coach.
“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise, as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach," president Phil Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again."
"I’m excited to embark on the next phase of my basketball career," Fisher said, "and look forward to coaching a Knicks team that fans can be proud of. It’s an honor to work alongside Phil Jackson, who is both a legend and friend as we strive together to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York."
At a press conference, Fisher an Jackson spoke more on how the situation evolved and what the future holds.
Derek Fisher says it was a "casual, informal reach-out" from the Lakers. No formal interview. It was a non starter.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 10, 2014
Fish says he was "surprised" it got out that the Lakers weren't interested in him. He had already told LAL that he was serious about NYK— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 10, 2014
Phil calls it "a happy occasion.'' Jax takes crack at tampering fine, saying he couldn't have nicer wardrobe because of NBA— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
Derek: "We know without a doubt we can reestablish it'', referring to the glory days of the 1970's.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
New #Knicks coach Derek Fisher emphasizes several times that he plans to help build a "culture of success" at Madison Square Garden.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 10, 2014
Derek adds: "We want to add more banners to this building.''— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
New #KNicks coach Derek Fisher address his perceived lack of experience "I am experienced in playing the game ... and being a champion."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 10, 2014
Derek: "We obviously feel Carmelo is one of best players in world but obviously it's his choice.'' Says will do everything to keep him.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
Derek: "I'm not as down on the roster of this team as some people in this room are.''— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
"We'll figure that out as we go along,'' Jackson said on his role. Jax said there for "support.'' Jax admits been working out draft guys.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
Jackson said wants Fish to take it slow at first considering his season just ended. Jackson: "Not going to jump in and run at full speed.''— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 10, 2014
Phil on Fisher's influence on Melo: "I think I'll have Derek wear all five of his rings the first time he comes in and talks to Carmelo."— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 10, 2014
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