During what sounded like a farewell chat with the media at the Thunder’s practice facility, the 39-year-old Derek Fisher acknowledged the timing isn’t perfect in terms of jumping into the coaching fray but added, “That’s how the world works nowadays.” He said new Knicks president Phil Jackson’s involvement adds “layers’’ to his decision.
Jackson and the Lakers are expected to pursue Fisher for their coaching vacancies. The Lakers may want Fisher for the front office. Fisher lives in Los Angeles and has four young children.
Jackson said Friday there are “a lot of unknowns’’ regarding Fisher’s willingness to move his family to New York.
When asked what intrigues him about being a head coach, Fisher said: “I think I’ve always — for the last decade — really felt my purpose in life and calling was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people.” New York Post
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