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Derek Fisher | Guard

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (41) / 8/9/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: Arkansas-Little Rock
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Derek Fisher was not at practice on Monday, but he's expected to be back on Tuesday.
The head coach was excused for personal reasons, and he'll be back at the controls on Tuesday. Oct 5 - 12:41 PM

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Coach Derek Fisher said he's "excited about being able to play faster and doing some different things in the open floor."

"[Fisher] said he wants us to run more drag screens to start plays," Jerian Grant said. "He’s been saying that we want to run, and push the ball after a miss. If we can’t get that, then we can run a drag screen or go into our basic offense. But he wants us to try to control the tempo first." The Knicks used Kristaps Porzingis on ball screens about as much as anyone, so that may continue to be a trend in the regular season. The Knicks were also 28th in pace last year, so that's another big positive for potential fantasy output.
Jul 15 - 5:04 PM

The Knicks are considering trading their pick if Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell are all off the board in the top three picks, according to Chad Ford of

This isn't really a big story, but keep in mind that this could mean the Knicks may not feel comfortable grabbing Emmanuel Mudiay or Kristaps Porzingis at four. Porzingis has easily been the hottest name in draft circles and he could wind up going as high as two in the draft.
Jun 15 - 2:52 PM

Derek Fisher said he won't apologize for Monday's win over the Hawks.

Tank-hungry Knicks fans would have preferred a loss on Monday as the Knicks are now in danger of having to split the draft lottery odds with the 76ers, but Fisher was in no mood to apologize. "I'm sure people are upset with us," Fisher said. "But I don't think you can ever go out there and basically try and not play your best. Those two things don't go together." While his quote may not sit well with fans, kudos for Fisher for not openly embracing the tank.
Source: ESPN NY
Apr 14 - 11:55 AM

Derek Fisher said that the Knicks could go from 15 wins this season to 63 wins next year if they "really want to."

"We are 6-21 in games [decided] by six points or less this year. So we lost 21 games on two possessions. So we don’t have go from 15 to 36 next year. We can go from 15 to 63 if we really want to. But that is up to us." Okay Derek. Just to give this ridiculous quote some perspective, the largest win increase from one year to the next is 42 games set by the Celtics during the 2007-08 season. A healthy Carmelo Anthony would make a big difference for the Knicks, but to say they'll hit the 63-win mark next season, well, we'd use a word other than bold for that prediction.
Apr 10 - 11:25 AM

Carmelo Anthony credited Derek Fisher with keeping the Knicks together, despite a 5-29 start to 2014-15 season.

The Knicks have dealt with a myriad of injuries and subpar play, but Melo isn't blaming Fisher. "I think if it was anybody else in his position, I think this probably would've crumbled already," Anthony said after Wednesday's loss to the Clippers. "I think he's doing a great job of keeping everybody focused on the task at hand and believing in what we're trying to do." Fisher has his work cut out for him, but it's never a bad thing to receive a vote of confidence from your best player.
Source: ESPN NY
Jan 1 - 9:52 AM

Coach Derek Fisher said that he is confident that the Knicks will make a run at the playoffs this season, despite the team sitting at 5-23 on the season.

It is really hard to read this without smiling, as it seems impossible to think that the Knicks would have a shot to recover from what is their worst start in franchise history. Regardless, the Knicks are nine losses behind Boston for the eighth seed, so it is not entirely out of the question. Owners of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire can only hope that the Knicks can turn things around, because there would be no point for the Knicks to risk the health of their two aging veterans in a lost season.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Coach Derek Fisher said his lineup could change on Thursday depending on how his starting five plays on Wednesday.

Isn't that what the preseason is for? Anyway, the Knicks are going to have some messy rotations while Fisher figures out what to do. Besides Carmelo Anthony and Jose Calderon, there will be a lot of risk involved with the other guys.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 06:27:00 PM

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he will adjust his starting lineup based on matchups to begin the season.

While Fisher said his starting lineup for Wednesday's opener will likely consist of Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Smith, and Samuel Dalembert, Fisher said there’s a good chance the lineup will be different for Thursday's game against Cleveland. With Shane Larkin, J.R. Smith, and Amare Stoudemire likely to figure into the starting mixing, this situation could get frustrating for fantasy owners who own any Knicks player besides Carmelo Anthony.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Derek Fisher does not want to be viewed as a Phil Jackson clone.

"I’m not Phil Jackson, that’s for sure," Fisher said. "I am not going to try to be or even pretend to be. I’ve for sure taken a lot of the basketball experiences and knowledge and life experiences and knowledge from working for Phil for so many years. So there will for sure be some things I will try and channel... There will be some boundaries that we have to have within our relationship. But at the end of the day Phil is running this department."
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:13:00 AM

The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.
Source: ESPN NY
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Jim Cleamons, a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson, has been added to Derek Fisher's staff.

Cleamons spent last season as an assistant coach under Larry Drew in Milwaukee, but he will now be reunited with Phil Jackson in New York. Cleamons was an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's title-winning teams with the Lakers, and Bulls, and he will help Fisher install the triangle offense.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 06:58:00 PM

Coach Derek Fisher said the deal with Carmelo Anthony is not done yet.

Interestingly, Tim Hardaway Jr. said he's happy and excited that Melo is back, so it's probably safe to assume he's coming back. This sage keeps dragging out and hopefully it comes to a conclusion this weekend.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 06:38:00 PM

The Knicks have officially announced their hiring of Kurt Rambis as the associate head coach to Derek Fisher.

"Kurt is exactly the type of person we want in our organization to help develop our culture of success," Fisher said. "His vast knowledge and experience as a championship player and coach are traits that we embrace adding to our staff." The deal will be for $1.2 million per year over four years.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Kurt Rambis has reportedly accepted the Knicks offer to become Derek Fisher's top assistant coach.

The deal is reportedly for $1.2 million per season over four years. Rambis served under Phil Jackson in LA from 2001-2009, and also coached Derek Fisher during that time.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jose Calderon
2Jerian Grant
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Langston Galloway
3Sasha Vujacic
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Cleanthony Early
3Lance Thomas
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Derrick Williams
C1Robin Lopez
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Kevin Seraphin
4Lou Amundson