We've had a tendency of last minute dissolving of deals lately, but assuming this is final, this is a big deal for PJ. Fisher is exactly the kind of guy PJ seemed to want for our head coach, for better or for worse. If he had swung and missed on Fisher as well, I think we can all agree we might be in trouble.
No brainer decision for DFish which I said another thread. 1 or 2 year vet min deal with OKC or a 5 yr deal where the Knicks are overpaying for a rookie coach by about 19M.
Assistant coaches getting lathered up....
Scottie.... if Steve Mills put in dat 15min of work in Chicago then he probably gets $3mil/yr
Not sure if he'll hire a GM but he'll probably get $6mil/yr. Our standards are high league has been put on notice watch out.
Just don't bring back Herb Williams.
I would have preferred JVG, he supposedly turned down the MN job but I think he would have taken the Knicks job except if they paid DFish 5M/yr they probably would have to pay 10M a year for him.
Wow, he offers Kerr 3 mil a year and Fisher 5 mil...oh well, nice to have money...i can't afford to go to a game and these guys make $$$$ for practically nothing
What I want to see if DFish brings in his own guys or does PJ select the rest of the coaching staff. I would think that Rambis comes, I think Luke Walton is too green and DFish needs to bring in more experienced coaches than him. A lot of the guys like Bill Cartwright might be off the table since they were guys associated with Kerr but Fisher doesn't know.
Hell Yeah! Derek Fisher is the MAN! the Knicks need as head-coach.
The best head-coach in the market to invest for a winning future.
That's worth $5M per.
It was all the small things Derek Fisher done in his 17 yr career equal head-coach.
Recall .. Derek Fisher was drafted by a winning Lakers organization, where Fisher won 3 rings.
And were surrounded by an organization full of HOF his first 8 seasons in the NBA.
Recall .. when the 8th seeded Golden State Warriors team beat the 1st seeded Dallas Mavs team in the postseason games. Derek Fishers 2 season at GS instilling a discipline-lockerroom of players, plus tutoring Baron Davis to play team-ball for coach Don Nelson strategy to beat a 1st seed team.
Recall .. Deron Williams had a BUST rookie season. Then Utah signed FA Derek Fisher to be in training-camp to tutor Deron Williams 2nd season in the NBA. Deron Williams had a All-Star season with Fisher as his teammate.
Recall .. The Lakers getting knock-out in the first round playoff, then going full steam after Derek Fisher in a trade from Utah that offseason. The Derek Fisher-Lakers went on to the FINALS 3 consecutive seasons.
Recall .. The OKC PG Westbrook were out for practically half of the season, and PG-Reggie Jackson had the best season of his career running the point under Fisher tutorship.
Phil Jackson working on the TOP executive of the year award by hiring Derek Fisher as head-coach.
I'm not too pumped about this. Dunno, don't have that much trust in Fisher.
I am personally really hyped about the combination of Derek Fisher as HC and Phil Jax as our team president. This combination makes a lot of sense from all angles.
Phil Jackson is a rookie exec. trying to make all the right moves, network, connect and lead this team from the top down position. He is a sound basketball mind that can offer help to the coaching staff and the players that no other exec could possibly come close to.
On the flip side we have Derek Fisher as our HC. He's a rookie HC but a league veteran. He was also the NBAPA's player representative and represented the players in bargaining tables for the latest CBA which many players respect him for, even above what other lawyer/business/ombudsman's were able to accomplish in the same/similar role. Derek Fisher will be working with his longtime friend and colleague Pjax and bringing back a championship culture to the team. This is what we need more then anuything: Winning Culture. And starting from the top own is the way to go.
The Combonation of Derek and PJax is the most exciting part of this. Pjax can offer Fish his expertise and a coach, X's and O's as well as dealing with player's ego's. On the flip side Fish will give the Zen master a lot of help in networking, working through various player agents and assist with negotiations as jax and fish can approach the tables together in a power coupling.
There is a lot to be excited about. I didn't want to post until things were in stone, but now they are. This will lead us onward and upwards from here. Any reservations I had about PJax as an executive are now allayed and any short comings Fish might have with coaching can be uplifted with pjax's tutoring. It is the best scenario for both men and the organization. Great hiring's all around.
There's only one thing that can F#&K it up....
I actually like Dolan as a person; hH is passionate about his team, Loyal to the people that he trusts and spends wicked amounts of money in order to try and bring the Knicks into the championship level. However we have seen several mistakes on basketball decisions made by Dolan, overriding his GM's, Presidents and coaches wishes to make moves he thought were savvy. If he takes a step back and allows Fish and PJax to go to work, he will be happy with the end results. If he keeps too many fingers in the pie, then there will be massive fallout for everyone. Time will tell where this all takes us.
Carmelo, STAT, TChandler, Felton, Sump and the rest of the roster are in for a shake up. It had already been an exciting off season. Lets hope the knicks can make smore more of these savvy hires in the near future.