Derek Fisher conceded Tuesday, as he was introduced as the new coach of the Knicks, that he had no experience as a coach at any level. He did not dismiss the gap on his résumé, but he also did not say that he would rely too much on the man beside him, the Knicks’ president, Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles as a coach.
“There are no guarantees for success or failure,” Fisher said at the Knicks’ training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.
But he is aware that Jason Kidd excelled, after a rocky beginning, when he ended his playing career to coach the Nets, and that Mark Jackson left broadcasting and elevated the Warriors for three seasons before being dismissed last month.
“I feel very comfortable with his experience over the past 17 years and as a player with encyclopedic knowledge of the game,” Jackson said. “And he’s current with players,” alluding to a playing career that ended May 31 with the Thunder and his time as head of the players union.
Fisher takes over the Knicks a season after they fell, through injuries and dysfunction, to a 37-45 record. Jackson fired Mike Woodson as coach and was jilted by his first coaching choice, Steve Kerr, who took the Warriors’ job.
Jackson’s primary concern now is to persuade Carmelo Anthony not to opt out of his contract to become a free agent, or to sign a new, long-term deal.
Sterling suing NBA
Shelly Sterling’s attorney will be in probate court Wednesday to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.
The individual was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Shelly Sterling brokered what would be a record-breaking $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team after her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling made racist comments to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized.
The NBA moved swiftly to oust him as an owner.
But Donald Sterling has vowed not to sell and is suing the NBA for $1 billion.
Donald Sterling said in a statement released by his attorney Tuesday that he’s fighting for the fundamental rights of Americans against the NBA which he calls ‘‘a band of hypocrites and bullies’’ and ‘‘despicable monsters.’’
His statement is titled in caps and underlined: ‘‘WHY I AM FIGHTING THE NBA? THE NBA WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR PRIVACY RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH.’’
Donald Sterling was stripped as co-trustee after two neurologists last month determined he was suffering from dementia and ‘‘mentally incapacitated’’ under the trust’s conditions, according to a person who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but could not speak publicly.
Price, Cavs meet
Mark Price’s limited head coaching experience may not matter to the Cavaliers. A four-time All-Star point guard during nine seasons with Cleveland, Price interviewed with the Cavs, who fired Mike Brown nearly a month ago and have been on a twisting search for his successor.
Price spent last season as a Hornets assistant.
Price’s only head coaching jobs were in Australia in 2005 and with Orlando’s summer league team.