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article imageDerek Fisher to become Knicks' head coach

By Jessie McMullen     Jun 9, 2014 in Sports
New York - Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson will soon be reunited once again in New York, as Fisher has accepted the head coaching job of the New York Knicks.
Fisher is currently finalizing a five-year, $25 million contract, according to reports.
The 39-year-old will make the transition straight from playing to coaching, just as the Brooklyn Nets' Jason Kidd did last season.
Fisher averaged 17.6 minutes per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. He spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers but also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks before spending the past three seasons with the Thunder.
New York has had interest in Fisher for quite some time now, mainly due to his relationship with team president Phil Jackson. Fisher played as a point guard under Jackson for nine seasons.
Jackson discussed the possibility of Fisher coaching the Knicks a few weeks ago, while Fisher and the Oklahoma City Thunder were still in postseason. Jackson was fined $25,000 for tampering.
“The last two summers, Derek and I have talked about the next step in his career,” Jackson said during a press conference. “So I kind of know what he wants to do, and his feelings. He’s got family in L.A. He’s got little kids still in L.A. I have no idea if he wants to move his family and come here. Those are things that he would have to express. There are so many unknowns.”
Fisher served as president of the National Basketball Players Association. He finished his NBA career with 10,713 points including five NBA titles. Fisher has won 161 playoff games, the most in NBA history and appeared in 259 playoff games, also the most in NBA history.
The hiring of Fisher will bring hope to Knicks fans. Fisher, known for his leadership, is looking to bring the Knicks their first NBA title in quite some time. The Knicks haven't won an NBA title since 1973, the seventh-longest drought in the NBA currently.
The Knicks have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to make "an announcement."
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