On Tuesday, Kevin Durant stated that Derek Fisher would be an ideal fit as coach for the New York Knicks.
‘’Without a Doubt. He is smart guy, smart mind. He’s a great motivator, great speaker and can really relate to a lot of guys and demands that respect from everybody. He’s a great locker-room guy. I’m sure he’ll do a great job ‘’
Over the past few weeks, rumors have circulated that Derek Fisher was a top candidate to become the new Knicks coach after the formal termination of coach Mike Woodson, and after Steve Kerr opted for the Warriors job. However, Durant still believes that Fisher would be a nice fit for the Knicks job.
Fisher is a close friend of Kevin Durant, and Durant respects him to the point that he even begged him to play for the Thunder for another season. Fisher has since refused, claiming that he is done and this is his last season as a player. The Knicks have said they are content to wait until the end of the Thunder's playoff run to make a decision whether or not Fisher could coach the roster under counseling of Phil Jackson.
If he coaches the Knicks, expectations will be high as the Knicks are looking for a coach who can secure them a playoff spot at minimum, and likely take them through the first round. Fisher is sure to face a lot of stress in the position, given these expectations, and the fact that Carmelo Anthony might leave. The Knicks look to qualify to the playoffs next year, and have the potential to be a top team in the Eastern Conference.