is the latest former player targeted by Phil Jackson. (Lisa Blumenfeld/NBAE/Getty Images)
Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher.
Fisher, 39, is believed to be one of the leading candidates to be the next head coach of the Knicks. Last week, Jackson addressed his interest in Fisher, who played for him during his Lakers days, at a news conference last week.
"The last two summers, Derek and I have talked about the next step in his career," Jackson said during the press conference. "So I kind of know what he wants to do, and his feelings. He's got family in L.A. He's got little kids still in L.A. I have no idea if he wants to move his family and come here. Those are things that he would have to express. There are so many unknowns."
Jackson called Fisher "a person that's on my list of guys that could be very good candidate for this job," according to ESPN.com.
Fisher possesses no prior head coaching experience but has been linked to the Knicks' opening (and Lakers') due to his connection with Jackson and long, successful playing career. After bowing out to the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Fisher said he was still uncertain what he wanted to do in his post-playing career.
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"It's not that many hours since postgame at this point," Fisher said during the team's exit interviews. "I'm still struggling with the results of last night. I haven't got a chance to talk to my wife and kind of step back emotionally from the end of the season. That's important to do, so that whatever is next, there has to be a separation from the end of the season and what just happened and then I can go from there."
"There's for sure huge layers added to [this decision]," Fisher said. "The personal relationship and professional relationship that I've had with Phil Jackson over the years, and being in the position that he's in. And also, with the Lakers having an opening, it for sure adds layers to it. But like other important decisions in life, I don't think you can be driven by what's going on externally. You have to have an internal set of boundaries and just kind of a compass that you make decisions by. I'll combine all those things as I try and make the best decision possible."
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