Lakers Rumors: Latest on Derek Fisher and LA’s Search for New Head Coach

The Derek Fisher era with the Los Angeles Lakers appears to be over before it ever took flight.

Fisher, who spent a total of 13 seasons and won five NBA titles with the Lakers, is likely no longer a candidate for the position of head coach with his former team. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported the news over the weekend:

The Lakers have decided they need a coach with previous NBA coaching experience, which means one thing for Derek Fisher: He isn't a candidate.

The Lakers think Fisher will be a solid NBA coach or executive at some point, but their initial curiosity about him has been replaced by a desire for actual experience, the latest turn in a deliberately slow coaching search approaching the six-week mark.

While it may have seemed ridiculous just a few years ago for Fisher to move from player directly into the role of head coach, it's slightly more common now. In fact, it was just last year that Jason Kidd, a future Hall of Fame point guard, made the same move to the Brooklyn Nets' sideline.

As for Fisher, it doesn't appear he'll exactly fall on hard times. He still has a chance to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder for another season or might even roam the New York Knicks' sideline just miles away from Kidd, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News notes:

Fisher is expected to talk with Phil Jackson this week about possibly becoming the next head coach of the Knicks. Fisher, who hasn’t ruled out returning to Oklahoma City for one more season, has several important decisions to make: Does he still want to play? Does he want to coach? Does he want to move his family from Los Angeles to New York?

Apart from the reported Fisher dismissal, not many rumors have been swirling around the monotonous coaching search.

Sure, we know that the Lakers have interviewed Byron Scott for the position along with Kurt Rambis, who was a part of Mike D'Antoni's ...

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