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In a decision which was probably a tough for Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks announced this morning that they have fired head coach Derek Fisher.
Fisher compiled a record of 40-96 in his tenure with the Knicks and sitting at 23-31 on this season, they are still five games out of a playoff spot.
The former Lakers guard won five five NBA Championships under Phil Jackson and was widely considered the next great coach in the NBA when he announced his retirement. Kurt Rambis will become the interim head coach for the Knicks. Via NBA.com:
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).