Knicks Fire Head Coach Derek Fisher in His Second Season

The Knicks are 23-31 in 2015-2016, already an improvement from the 17-65 season they saw in 2014-2015, but the Knicks are 1-9 in the last ten games and on a five-game losing streak, which is part of the reason the Knicks have decided to fire head coach Derek Fisher:

Fisher last 136 games with the Knicks, going 40-96. Fisher is the 5th coach to be fired this season, joining Kevin McHale, Lionel Hollins, David Blatt, and Jeff Hornacek. While the Knicks five-game losing streak helped make the decision to fire Fisher, the Knicks were already convinced Fisher wasn’t coaching like he played.

Fisher was originally hired by Knicks president Phil Jackson with no prior coaching experience to replace Mike Woodson. The Knicks released the following statement on the firing of Fisher:

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that Derek Fisher has been relieved of his coaching duties. Associate Head Coach Kurt Rambis has been named the interim head coach.

Fisher, who was originally hired on Jun. 10, 2014, finishes his Knicks coaching career with an overall record of 40-96 (.294).

Rambis becomes the 27th head coach in franchise history. Originally hired as the team’s associate head coach on Jul. 7, 2014, the 18-year NBA coaching veteran starts his second-stint as a head coach, after leading the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons from 2009-10 through 2010-11 (56-145). The Terre Haute, IN native was a member of eight NBA Championship teams, all as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers (four as a player and four as a coach or executive). Rambis becomes the fifth former Knicks draft pick to coach the team (third round, 58th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft).

Rambis will likely not be the Knicks head coach for the 2016-2017 season. They are expected to chase after guys like Luke Walton from the Warriors this summer.

The Knicks are currently 12th in the East, and by the looks of this move it looks as though that the Knicks are already looking forward to ending this season.

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Published by Tony Montalto

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