A report by USA Today writer Jeff Zillgitt indicates Oklahoma City Thunder veteran guard Derek Fisher may be a candidate to become the next head coach of the New York Knicks. The 39-year old Fisher is in what he says will be his final season with the Thunder, but his OKC teamates have said they’re trying to talk Fisher and his wife into returning for another season with the Thunder next year. In an article by Zillgitt, he suggests the leading candidates to replace Mike Woodson as the Knickerbockers next head man could be former NBA veteran and current TV analyst Steve Kerr…and Fisher.
Zillgitt’s published remarks say a source tells him Kerr wants to coach and is the front-runner for the job. But if Kerr doesn’t end up as New York’s head man, Derek Fisher could end up with the Knicks as the head coach or in a front office position alongside new Knicks president Phil Jackson, the long-time former Bulls and Lakers head coach.
No comment from Thunder folks at all on the report. But Fisher’s OKC teamates have suggested he is destined to become a head coach if-and-when his playing days come to an end. Because of the way he’s been playing for the Thunder, the organization hopes those days are a few years away.