Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher has been at the center of speculation surrounding the New York Knicks coaching vacancy. Fisher has said multiple times this season that this will be his last year playing. Fisher won five championships under newly-named Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson and is believed to be a frontrunner for the position.
Fisher shared his thoughts on the Knicks job at Monday’s shootaround before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.
What are your thoughts on the Knicks job?
Obviously, it's humbling. It's flattering. But Phil knows better than anybody at this time of year that singular focus that you have to have, and that's what I'm trying to do for myself and for this team. My future, regardless of what it is, I'm not concerned about it until after these playoffs are done.
You're friends with Phil. You wrote on your blog you're still very close. Has he been talking to you through the playoffs a little bit just seeing how things are going?
No. We touched base right before his official press conference when he accepted the job. And since then, we haven't spoken. Obviously, he's busy in terms of trying to make the changes he needs to make there. But I have a day job as well, and I think he respects that more than anybody. He taught me a lot about how to operate during this time of year. We talk every offseason. I'm sure we'll talk again when the season's over. But I don't have any intentions on reaching out to him. And I think he respects the space that I'm in right now as well.