Derek Fisher To The Knicks? Not So Fast

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014, 6:17 pm
By: News 9

Rumors and stories have popped up in recent days about Thunder guard Derek Fisher becoming a member of the New York Knicks' coaching staff next season. 

Fisher played for recently-hired Knicks president Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles.  Reports have surfaced that Jackson will look to implement his famous "Triangle" offense with the Knicks and wants to fill out New York's coaching staff with individuals that have experience with his unique offense. 

That's where the Fisher rumors began. But on Wednesday after the Thunder's practice, Fisher shot those down.

"We've spoken," Fisher said of his conversation with Jackson. "But he hasn't said anything to me about it and I haven't said anything to him about it. So reports that I have, I found them pretty funny." 

The Thunder (54-19) is currently the West's No. 2 seed and is preparing for another deep playoff run. With his eyes on the prize, Fisher picked the jersey No. 6 as he chases his sixth NBA title, and that's what he's focused on. 

"I picked that number on my jersey for a reason, and until that's concluded...I haven't spent a lot of time in terms of what my definite decision would be after that."

Fisher has played 18 seasons and says that coaching, or any other role, would seem foreign.

"That's not in my radar or in my scope or anything...that I've thought about coaching in general.  I think I've been pretty consistent with not really having decided in terms of what's next. I'm so committed to being a player that it's hard to see myself coaching or something that puts me on the other side of the sideline so quickly."

Fisher and the Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.