Derek Fisher was fired by the New York Knicks just a couple of months ago, though it looks as if he’s already itching to get back on the sidelines.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Fisher has interest in the Lakers’ head coaching job.
It’s not clear if Fisher is currently on the Lakers’ radar, though the five-time NBA champion thinks he could be in the running for the job due to his connections.
Per Frank Isola from the New York Daily News, Fisher feels that his ties with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will get him in the conversation for the Lakers job:
Fisher, according to a source, is hoping that his connections to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will make him more attractive to the Lakers, who have missed out on key free agents the past few summers.
Durant will become a free agent this summer and owns a home in Los Angeles – Isola says the 27-year-old “could be persuaded to join the Lakers and restore that franchise to prominence,” though that’s easier said than done – while Westbrook will hit the market next off-season.
The Lakers have also been linked to Kevin Ollie, who spent one season with the Thunder in 2009-10 and is still good friends with Durant.
As Ollie has already had success with the University of Connecticut, he is likely viewed as a more qualified candidate than Fisher at this time.
However, it’s been reported that Ollie would like to have personnel power with the Lakers, and that’s something the team’s front office have been reluctant to give up.
For what it’s worth, Fisher showed improvement in the win-loss column during his time with the Knicks. In his first season, Fisher went 17-65, though he’d already eclipsed that mark by the time he was fired in February, going 23-31 in 54 games.
You could also point to Phil Jackson’s insistence for Fisher to run the triangle as one of his coaching downfalls. Who knows what may have transpired if Fisher was left to run the team the way he wanted to?
During his playing days, it was always thought that Fish would make a good coach, so it would be nice to see him get another go at it.
But will that be in Los Angeles? Right now, that looks like a long shot.