LA Lakers Can Scratch Derek Fisher Off Head Coach Wish List Without Regret

The list of names in line to replace Mike D'Antoni as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers shortened a bit on Monday, and not because the Purple and Gold found their man.

According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, Derek Fisher will be taking Mike Woodson's vacated spot on the bench of the New York Knicks.

Per Beck, Fisher, who won five titles in L.A., figures to fill his staff with other former Phil Jackson confidants, including Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis.

Rambis interviewed for the Lakers' top job, but never appeared to be a leading candidate in their search. Fisher didn't even have that chance, though Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski was among those who insisted he should've.

Frankly, Fisher probably wouldn't have gotten it this time anyhow. As the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan noted:

The Lakers think Fisher will be a solid NBA coach or executive at some point, but their initial curiosity about him has been replaced by a desire for actual experience, the latest turn in a deliberately slow coaching search approaching the six-week mark.

In truth, then, Fisher's decision to begin his coaching career under the watchful eye of the Zen Master—and take Rambis with him—doesn't change much for the Lakers. Their aim all along has been to find an experienced steward for their franchise, with Fisher's potential return looming as a remote possibility.

"I have to say we're leaning toward the type of the coach we would want (and) I would say there would be experience involved, certainly on some level, but not necessarily," GM Mitch Kupchak told reporters during a recent conference call (via USA Today's Sam Amick). "There's no urgency right now, so it will be a more deliberate process."

That process has already included a number of known quantities.


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