Could Derek Fisher return to the Los Angeles Lakers as the team’s head coach? It appears to be a definite possibility.
While Fisher is still currently an NBA player with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the five-time champion is expected to retire at the end of the season and is said to be interested in coaching his old team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports.
“As for the Lakers’ coaching job, it holds tremendous appeal to him,” Wojnarowski said of Fisher, who has always publicly played down the chance of him coaching after his playing days are over.
ESPN also reports that the Lakers will consider the 39-year-old if he’s indeed interested in the job.
Fisher obviously has no coaching experience, though he’s undoubtedly a tremendous leader and appears to have the poise and basketball IQ to be a successful coach in the NBA.
Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson have made the successful transition from player to coach in recent years, so it’s not that far fetched to imagine a situation where the Lakers might give Fisher a shot, especially if he has a bunch of experienced assistant coaches on his staff to help him grow into the role.
However, after two botched coaching hires, the Lakers need to get it right this time and giving the job to a rookie coach would definitely be a risky move.