Derek Fisher joins Woj
Derek Fisher joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast for a candid visit on his tenure as New York Knicks coach --- and what’s next for him. Fisher detailed his relationship with Knicks president Phil Jackson, the triangle offense, the mistakes he made and lessons he learned as a young coach. 0:55: The transition from growing up in Arkansas to playing for the Lakers. 2:23: Not having the structure of an NBA season for the first time in two decades. 5:27: Fisher’s reaction to being fired by the Knicks. 7:08: Was his firing more about results or alignment with the front office? 10:32: How his coach-GM relationship differed from his player-coach relationship with Jackson. 12:20: The transition from player to coach and what he would do differently. 14:34: Fisher’s relationship with Carmelo Anthony before working together on the Knicks. 16:00: His trip to California during training camp in 2015 18:34: The impact the Matt Barnes incident had on him in the locker room and in the eyes of the front office. 22:58: Quickly appreciating Kristaps Porzingis’ ability, potential and drive. 29:55: Considering a return to playing after being fired by the Knicks. 32:53: Would Fisher have benefited from being an assistant before being a head coach? 40:48: How his various roles as a player helped him relate to players as a coach. 45:08: The relative lack of control over a game as a coach compared to a player.
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About The Show
Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with The Woj Pod. Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.