Derek Fisher reportedly wants another NBA job -- this time as a player
The ex-coach is eyeing a return
Derek Fisher wants back in. After a surprisingly quick exit after coaching the New York Knicks, Fisher is eyeing a return into the NBA. However, it doesn't appear he's looking to return as a coach for his second stint on the sidelines. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the soon-to-be 42-year-old Fisher wants to play again. Fisher can be seen on his Instragram doing drills, dribbling basketballs and shooting mid-range jumpers.
It's probably worth mentioning that with all of the money being given out this summer and next offseason as well, Fisher may want to prove he's worth at least a mid-level exception as he becomes one of the oldest players in NBA history. That is assuming he gets another shot at being a backup point guard in the NBA. From ESPN:
Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that Fisher has indeed been "exploring options and expressing interest in playing again."
It is unclear what those options are, but Fisher returning to the NBA as a player after coaching in the league would be a rarity.
Fisher hasn't been out of the league that long. He finished in 2014, took over as the Knicks coach shortly after and has been free since the middle of the 2015-16 season. So he's had a lot of time to train and get workouts in to show he's in good enough shape and has sharp enough skills to make a comeback.
It would be a little shocking if Fisher was picked up this late in the summer, but injuries to a team early in the season could leave them desperate enough to add a veteran presence on a short deal. Maybe then, Fisher can prove he deserves a chunk of that money.
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