New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering with Thunder guard Derek Fisher, according to a report by ESPN.com.
The web site reported that Jackson was fined for statements he made at a news conference last week about possibly hiring Fisher to coach the Knicks.
League rules prohibit teams from direct or indirect expressions of interest in other teams’ impending free agents.
Fisher has said this will be his final season as a player, and he has been linked to the Knicks job for months. ESPN.com also reported that Fisher is scheduled to discuss the Knicks job with Jackson this week.
LAMB UNSURE OF ROLE NEXT SEASON
Lamb said Monday that he isn’t sure whether he will receive a boost in playing time next season.
“Bigger role? I haven’t thought about it, what I want the role to be or anything like that,” Lamb said. “Just been thinking about the summer, try to get better, be the best player I can be going into next year. Haven’t really thought about that.”
Lamb said he wanted to help in any way he could, whether he’s the sixth man next year or not.
“So if that’s coming in playing defense, or coming in scoring, whatever the team needs most that’s what I want to do,” he said.
Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet on how difficult it is to stay ready when you’re not playing — “It’s tough, man. It’s tough. It’s like being on a standby flight.”