The Derek Fisher era in New York is officially over. The New York Knicks have fired their head coach this morning, the team confirmed in a tweet. During Fisher’s tenure as Knicks coach, he posted a 40-96 record, posting a 17-65 mark during the 2014-15 season and a 23-31 record through Monday.
The team has appointed Kurt Rambis the interim coach. Fisher was hired immediately after retiring from the NBA as a point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. It ends a wild seven days for Fisher in which his team lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, led by Matt Barnes in Madison Square Garden. Barnes and Fisher reportedly got into an altercation this past preseason, when Fisher was reportedly dating Barnes’ estranged wide Gloria Govan.
Fisher was also promptly ripped by Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons after comments he made on the radio about his team. Fisher said on ESPN Radio he wouldn’t be “disappointed’’ if the Knicks failed to make the playoffs because “We’re a developing team with a ton of new players. There are not a lot of elite teams that are depending on rookies to carry the day. So we have to be reasonable about who we are and where we are and accept what is and not get caught up in what we should be and allow other people to define what our success is.”
Van Gundy fired back by stating, “They’re a good team, a veteran team. They got [Kristaps] Porzingis, but when all healthy, they put four veterans around him. It’s a smart, veteran team around a real talented young guy. I laugh a little bit when I see them referred to as a young, developing team. I wasn’t aware Robin Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo are that young. I read that. Wow. I guess in society at large, guys in their 30s are young.’’
And just last night, Fisher threw shots at Kings guard Rajon Rondo, a point guard that was reportedly on the wish list for the team in the upcoming offseason. When Rondo said he was unlikely to choose the Knicks as a destination because of the triangle offense that the team runs, Fisher responded in kind.
“You can’t ask a guy that wasn’t very successful playing against it whether or not he wants to come play in it,” Fisher said. “So that’s his opinion, that’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. So we’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.” Fisher also added, “That’s your decision on whether he’s elite or not.”
Not even 24 hours after those comments were made, the Knicks gave Fisher his walking papers. The Knicks are currently on a five-game losing streak and sit at 12th in the Eastern Conference.
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