March 1, 2013: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher waits to be stretched before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver. (AP/David Zalubowski)
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2008 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson talks with Derek Fisher during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the New York Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a "major announcement. Jackson is now the Knicks president. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks have hired Derek Fisher as their new coach, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players.
Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was hired Tuesday to replace Mike Woodson, who Jackson fired after the season in his first major move as team president.
Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots. Jackson says that "it has come clear to me" that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again.
The 39-year-old Fisher is respected among players around the league as was the president of the Players Association during the 2011 lockout.