After a 1-9 record in their last 10 games, the New York Knicks have reportedly fired head coach Derek Fisher. Last season the Knicks ended the year with a 17-65 record, and currently sit with a 23-31 record. Although it’s much of an improvement, the organization haven’t felt like Fisher is transitioning well from a player to a coach.
ESPN sources say that the Knicks have fired coach Derek Fisher
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 8, 2016
Fisher was hired by the Knicks team president Phil Jackson, who was implemented to turn the struggling franchise around. The duo have a history together as Jackson was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Fisher was his starting point guard and they took the franchise to five championships with Jackson at the helm.
Fisher took the head coaching role from Mike Woodson who went 109-79 in his 3 years at the New York Knicks. Woodson ended up winning one playoff series, but the Knicks currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with no real chance of making a finals run.
Assistant Kurt Rambis will now serve as interim coach, whilst two former Jackson players are considered for the head coaching role, that being Brian Shaw and Luke Walton. Shaw served two stints at Denver, and Luke Walton served as interim coach for the Golden State Warriors who had a record start to the season.
Kurt Rambis is Knicks interim coach but league sources believe Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are top long-term replacement candidates
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 8, 2016