The New York Knicks have caught a new coach. On Tuesday (June 10), the team’s president Phil Jackson announced that Derek Fisher would be leading the pack as the 26th head coach in franchise history.
“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach.” Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”
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The five-time NBA champ, who won rings with the Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, recently announced his retirement after an 18-year career, playing in Los Angeles, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Oklahoma City. Last season, Fisher clocked in 1,287 games as a player on the Thunder.
“I’m excited to embark on the next phase of my basketball career and look forward to coaching a Knicks team that fans can be proud of,” Fisher said. “It’s an honor to work alongside Phil Jackson, who is both a legend and friend as we strive together to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York.”