Former NBA guard Derek Fisher was formally introduced Tuesday as the 26th head coach of the New York Knicks. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
On this day that heralded yet another new chapter in the history of a basketball team, the Knicks' new head coach, Derek Fisher, chose to highlight the history and soul of a city he will now call home.
"Immigrants, people that come to this city, and that have come to this city for hundreds of years looking for an opportunity... and so I look forward to the opportunity to now bring myself and my family into the family of New York City," Fisher said.
Derek Fisher has been hired as head coach of the Knicks because of his close connection to Knicks President Phil Jackson.
They were together as coach and player for five championship teams in Los Angeles.
Fisher is also praised for the leadership skills he displayed on the court—and off—during an 18-year playing career that just ended.
"Derek was one of those players that's unique in the ability to speak to the players both in their spirit and their hearts and resonate with them as what purpose was that we were attempting to do," said Jackson.
There were words of praise for Carmelo Anthony, who could choose to opt out of his Knicks contract and play elsewhere—and praise for the Knicks roster in general.
"I'm not as down on the roster and the team as some of you in the room are. I think there are some things that we can do with this team that can be special right now," Fisher said.
Fisher has no previous connection to New York, but from his comments about the city and its basketball team, he is clearly a quick study.
"All I've heard about is how special this city can be when the Knicks are winning and the Knicks are playing well and the city is proud and the energy is high. I've experienced that on the west coast and I'm looking forward to experience it on the east coast.
The first association between Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher bore a lot of fruit namely championships in Los Angeles.
Knicks fans can only hope that history repeats itself.
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