Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher was officially introduced as the new head coach of the New York Knicks on Tuesday morning.
Fisher takes over a Knicks team that did not make the NBA Playoffs this season and has won just one playoff series in the last 14 years.
He is reunited with his former coach with the L.A. Lakers, Phil Jackson, who is now the Knicks president.
Jackson wanted to hire a young coach who he is familiar with, and Fisher fits the bill.
Fisher has never been a head coach before, but played for Jackson for nine seasons with the Lakers, and believes his experience as a player will pay off in a new role.
“I am experienced. … Basketball is a game that I’m experienced playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping other people achieve the greatest gift in the world that a professional athlete can have, which is being a champion.
“That I do have experience in.”
Fisher turns 40 in August, and has been known as a leader throughout his playing career.
He helped the Lakers win five NBA titles during his time in Los Angeles, and now would like to bring a crown to the east coast.
“This is not a ceremony, this is not for PR, this is not for Phil and I to hang out together as friends,” Fisher firmly said. “We want to add more banners.”
Fisher’s deal with New York is being reported by Yahoo! Sports as a five year deal worth 25 million dollars.
Fisher played the last three of his 18 NBA seasons with the Thunder, and his combined salary over the last three years does not equal what he’ll reportedly make in just one season as the Knicks coach.