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Knicks future remains hazy after Fisher’s firing

By: Tim Palladino

Phil Jackson fired his hand-picked head coach Derek Fisher.

Phil Jackson fired his hand-picked head coach Derek Fisher.

With Kristaps Porzingis looking like the star they needed and some more success than expected earlier in the season, it looked like it might be a different sort of year for the New York Knicks. However, at the unofficial halfway point of the season, general manager Phil Jackson decided he saw enough and fired his former player and protege, Derek Fisher as the team’s head coach.

The Knicks have been nothing but bad. Though they started out with a middling 8-6 record that actually had some people excited, they went only 23-31 with Fisher as their head coach. They lost nine of their last 10 games with him roaming the sideline and the team has been desperate for a spark.

What was working in the beginning of the season has disappeared and it seems like it has been forever since Porzingis has made a big play.

It was around Christmas when the team started to fall apart and things have only gotten worse with no real change looking like it was going to happen in the near future. Fisher had to take the blame and Jackson admitted his mistake of hiring his former player as head coach despite having no experience as a coach at any level.

Because it is the Big Apple and the Knicks and they play in the MECCA of basketball and the almighty Jackson is the man in charge, they probably make some ability to lure in a new coach, whether it is former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau or highly-successful Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton. Jackson made a statement that he wants to get a ‘triangle guy’ to run the Knicks, so Brian Shaw and Jeff Van Gundy might get opportunities. Even Knicks great and current Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing has been mentioned as a possible candidate.

But there is uncertainly with Jackson’s future because of both health concerns and the likely opening of a job with the Los Angeles Lakers. That might make it tough for the Knicks to attract a coach, but clearly Fisher was an issue and they have made that change.

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