In what’s become a completely lost season for the New York Knicks, the only thing left for Phil Jackson to do is evaluate the job that first-year head coach Derek Fisher has done under the most difficult of circumstances.
And while trying to determine if Fisher has been successful from an Xs and Os standpoint is nearly impossible with the lack of talent in place on the roster, his demeanor is something that Jackson feels fit to criticize — especially in relation to the way Fisher conducts himself on the sidelines.
“I’d like to have him thrown out of some games at least. It looks like every time we go out there, every bump becomes a foul and Derek’s very patient behind all that.
“Get after some referees. Maybe he thinks his contract isn’t supportive of him paying for those technicals and doesn’t want to have that issue. But in reality his demeanor’s been great.’’
Fisher’s response indicates that won’t be happening anytime soon.
”I don’t know how to get into a conversation how much a coach has to do with how many calls go in your favor or not,’’ Fisher said. “I’m not [Phil]. I’m not coaching the teams he coached. I have to measure it based on who our team is. We don’t have enough history together. I don’t know if it would be fair to leave them out on the field while I’m in the back.
“I don’t think Phil made the difference on how many calls we got or not,’’ Fisher added. “I don’t know if I’ll make that difference.’’
Fisher’s lack of emotion, both on the court and with the media after some of the more difficult losses, has been perceived as a negative by some. While Jackson’s remarks are relatively mild, here, it’s clear that we can add him to that list of those who believe a little more fire out of Fisher would be a positive for the franchise.