Despite his commitment to the Thunder and insistence that he doesn’t plan to coach in the forseeable future, Derek Fisher’s name continues to pop up for the vacant New York Knicks job.
With Steve Kerr recently spurning Phil Jackson and the Knicks for the Golden State Warriors job, the New York Daily News is reporting that Fisher is currently the frontrunner.
Before Thursday’s game, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said he hadn’t been contacted by the Knicks about Fisher, but he did have high praise for the veteran guard.
“With Derek, whatever he gets into, if he wants to play, if he wants to be in management, if he wants to be a CEO of a company or if he wants to coach, he’ll be successful,” Brooks said. “I don’t think he’ll be a good coach, I think he’ll be a great coach.”
Fisher has insisted he intends to retire after the season and said he doesn’t plan to immediately get into coaching.
RIVERS BACKS EMOTIONAL ATHLETES
An inconsolable Chris Paul looked heartbroken after the Clippers’ Game 5 loss, blaming himself for the collapse and saying “it’s the hardest thing I’ve been through basketball-wise.”
But, his coach said, that wasn’t a rare mindset among players he has been around.
“We live in a time where our athletes a lot of times get criticized for not caring,” Rivers said. “I’ve always said that’s so untrue.”
To give another example, Rivers used his last point guard, Rajon Rondo, as an example.
“Rondo never showed you guys emotion,” Rivers said, talking to the media. “But his eyes were watered maybe 50 times, even regular season games.
“If there’s one thing the public doesn’t know about athletes. I would say they care far more than they let on.”
Kendrick Perkins, joking, when asked how it felt to be facing friend and former coach Doc Rivers: “I didn’t remember that he complained so much throughout the game to the refs.”
JACK IN THE HOUSE
Legendary actor and long time Lakers fan Jack Nicholson attended Game 6 on Thursday night at Staples Center. No word if he was pulling for the Clippers or Thunder.
By Anthony Slater