SAN ANTONIO — Derek Fisher has become a hot commodity. Even though he plays less than 15 minutes a night for Oklahoma City and doesn’t hit the clutch shots as frequently as he used to, the 39-year- old point guard has found he is wanted.
However, it’s not for his on-the-court talents anymore. Fisher has been anointed as a leading candidate for several head coaching jobs. They include the New York Knicks and L.A. Lakers.
Since Fisher’s Thunder squad is one of the final four teams still competing for a NBA championship, he will not confirm or deny that he has interest in the job.
“Right now it’s just tough to wrap my mind around anything other than playing basketball,” Fisher said. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. To think about every week, or this, it could be a chance it could be my last week. So that part in itself is tough enough. Until I’m done helping my team this year, I’m not spending a lot of times on other things right now.”
Yet, with his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, now running the Knicks as president, it’s understandable why he would be considered a front runner for the coaching position.
“Obviously, it’s humbling,” Fisher said. “It’s flattering. But Phil knows better than anybody at this time of year that singular focus that you have to have, and that’s what I’m trying to do for myself and for this team. My future, regardless of what it is, I’m not concerned about it until after these playoffs are done.”
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks say the 17-year-veteran is the right man for the New york job.
“I think it would make a lot of sense for Derek to coach in New York,” Brooks told the Daily News. “But there’s no rush. If they wait a few more weeks, they can talk to him. I don’t think Phil would talk to him now anyway because Phil has too much respect for the game and Derek. He knows how hard it is to accomplish what we’re trying to do here. But I hope they do speak at some point.”