The New York Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher on Monday after the team loss five games in a row and nine out of the past 10 according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ian Begley.
Currently the Knicks are 23-31 in the eastern conference. They are only five games out of the eighth spot. The team overall were convinced that Fisher wasn’t transitioning from the role of player to coach well according to Brian Windhorst. Fisher wrote in a statement about his experience with Jackson, James Dolan and the team.
“This is a very talented team with strong character and I am confident they will succeed,” Fisher said in a statement according to ESPN. “Obviously, I’m disappointed, but have learned an immense amount from this experience and hope to grow from it.”
Jackson made the decision of firing Fisher. It’s very clear he’s not playing games with the expectations of this team competing for a playoff start. They were 22-22, only a half game back. Then with nagging injuries and unquestionable rotations, they started to loss with slow starts being part of it.
Assistant coach Kurt Rambis will serve as the interim coach at the moment. There are two candidates, Brian Shaw and Luke Walton in position for the full time job according to sources to ESPN.Jackson today in the press conference said he’s not necessary looking for someone within his coaching tree. Knicks need to do a lot of searching for a much better head coach with a veteran team hungry for a playoff spot.