Report: Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher set to talk about Knicks job
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is set to talk with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher about New York's vacant coaching position, reports Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. The talks could happen this week.
Fisher's availability to discuss coaching increased when the Thunder were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals last Saturday.
Fisher said Monday that he hasn't made a decision on whether to retire from the NBA or accept a coaching position.
"I'm still struggling with the results of [the series]," Fisher said. "I haven't [had] 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."
The longtime guard, 39, has played 18 seasons in the NBA and won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering after discussing Fisher as a possible coach for the Knicks.
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One source cautioned that the discussion shouldn't be classified as a formal interview, given the long and close working relationship between Jackson and Fisher during their two stints together as coach and player with the Los Angeles Lakers. But another source close to the process told ESPN.com that he thinks Fisher will ultimately find the allure of coaching in New York under Jackson too difficult to pass up.MAHONEY: What to watch in NBA Finals: Ginobili’s revenge, LeBron-Diaw duel and more