Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Tuesday, June 3, the morning after New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was tapped lightly on the wrist for talking too much.
At a news conference last week, Jackson was asked about the possibility of hiring Fisher—who was still playing for the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals—as the Knicks head coach.
“The last two summers, Derek and I have talked about the next step in his career,” Jackson said last week. “So I kind of know what he wants to do and his feelings. He’s got family in L.A. He’s got little kids still in L.A. I have no idea if he wants to move his family and come here. Those are things that he would have to express. There are so many unknowns.”
The NBA reminded Jackson of some knowns, specifically that teams are prohibited from direct or indirect expressions of interest in impending free agents who play for other teams.
Jackson apparently needs to learn from his crosstown colleague, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King.
King hired Jason Kidd as head coach of the Nets on June 12, 2013—eight days after Kidd retired as a player with the Knicks.
If you believe that King and Kidd didn’t have discussions prior to June 4, 2013, about the idea of coaching in Brooklyn, there’s a very famous bridge connecting the boroughs in which the Knicks and Nets play that I would like to interest you in purchasing.
As the most decorated coach in NBA history in terms of championship jewelry, Jackson was always good for a quote that wasn’t the typical coachspeak.
As the president and the guy calling the personnel shots for a team as visible as the New York Knicks, however, Jackson might be well served to maybe not be as candid when talking to the fourth estate.
Unless, you know, he likes writing checks made out to the NBA.
The Daily NBA Fix will focus on the happenings around the Association. But first, a video highlighting the top 10 plays of the conference finals: