Tramel: Confidence. Derek Fisher is confident. He’s ready to shoot when called upon. If Thabo Sefolosha had a quarter of Derek Fisher’s confidence, Thabo would be signing a new contract for more money to remain the Thunder starting shooting guard. Fisher knows how to play. Any current limitations are all physically based. But the thing that keeps him going is he’s ready at all times and fears nothing.
When next season begins, where is Fisher and what is he doing?
Mayberry: New York. Coaching the Knicks. The Lakers might be the preferred locale given Fisher’s family residence and his history with the franchise. But the Knicks have been waiting on Fisher for what seems like forever. And with Fisher’s friend and former coach, Phil Jackson, running the show in New York, that gig appears to be too good of a match to turn down.
Slater: Working under Phil Jackson, leading a flawed Knicks roster in what’ll likely be an unsuccessful start to what I think will be a highly successful coaching career. Players are going to have no trouble getting motivated to perform under Fisher.
Tramel: He’s taking a cab from the Upper East Side to Madison Square Garden to coach the Knickerbockers in their season opener, probably against the Netropolitans.