Derek Fisher Fired as Knicks Head Coach

Derek Fisher’s time as head coach of the New York Knicks has come to an end. [JOE MURPHY/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES]

Derek Fisher was fired today after posting a 23-31 record to start out the season. The team started the season relatively well, going 22-22 until the most recent ten game stretch, where the team went 1-9, including a five game losing streak that put the nail in Fisher’s coffin. The firing comes as a surprise to some fans, as the team exceeded some expectations during the first half of the season. Fisher’s overall record sits at 40-96.

Kurt Rambis will succeed Fisher as the Knicks interim head coach for at least the time being. Rambis, one of Phil Jacksons many disciples, has playing and coaching experience, including four championships as either a player and four as a coach/executive, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. As a head coach he currently holds a 56-145 record, which includes a short yet successful stint with the Lakers in 1999 and two not so successful years with the Timberwolves from 2009-2011.

Phil Jackson has named Kurt Rambis the intrim head coach. He could potentially be a long term solution. [balloverall.com]

Rambis could be a long term option for the Knicks, but if not there are rumors of other Phil Jackson disciples taking the role in the near future. Possibilities include Luke Walton, after his success filling in for Steve Kerr in Golden State this season, or former Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. Tom Thibodeau has shown a great deal of interest in the job, but has no connection to Phil Jackson. However, none of these candidates will be needed if Rambis has success, which has a good chance of happening.

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