The New York Knicks have found their new head coach after being turned down by Steve Kerr. Kerr accepted the head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors. The Knicks have reached an agreement with Phil Jackson’s former floor general with the Lakers championship teams Derek Fisher.
According to Yahoo Sports, Fisher could earn in the range of $25 million over five years. The Knicks, who have not confirmed the report, have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning.
The Los Angeles Lakers at one point had interest in hiring Fisher for their coaching vacancy. Fisher also was mulling a return to the court or a transition to the front office, but ultimately decided to join Knicks president Phil Jackson in New York.
Fisher’s relationship with Jackson is believed to be one of the factors that led him to choosing the Knicks over the Lakers. A source close to Jackson said he was “ecstatic” about landing Fisher.
Fisher, 39, earlier this month spoke about his desire to coach in the NBA.
“In the last maybe decade or so, I’ve really felt like my purpose in life, my calling so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people,” Fisher said after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs. “Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives.”
Jackson noted recently that Fisher’s on-court leadership could translate well to the bench. He called Fisher “a person that’s on my list of guys that could be very good candidates for this job” and was fined $25,000 for those comments.
The Lakers have interviewed five candidates to date, including Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy, Alvin Gentry and Rambis — but appear to be in no rush to fill the position.