Shed no tears for Derek Fisher. He got the Knicks’ head job without any experience. He was over his head and it showed. He embarrassed the franchise by feuding with Matt Barnes of the Grizzlies after getting involved with Barnes’ ex-wife.
Fisher will be well-compensated for not coaching. The Knicks gave him five years and $25 million to be president Phil Jackson’s puppet. But Fisher, fired after going 40-96, wasn’t as wedded to the Triangle offense as Jackson preferred.
The Knicks have issues, including a phony superstar in Carmelo Anthony. But the biggest problem is Jackson, whose ego requires any coach to use his pet offense. Interim coach Kurt Rambis blamed “lackluster” Triangle mechanics for the team’s struggles.
Why the obsession with the Triangle? Because Phil had Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant running it when he won 11 NBA titles? Jackson would love to come back and prove it still works, but his health won’t allow it.
The Knicks are looking to a brighter future with 7-3 rookie Kristaps Porzingis. Jackson needs to get his head out of the past and be willing to hire a coach who demands to run his own show, and his own offense.