They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere… although Derek Fisher tried, it still wasn’t good enough. The New York Knicks still fired Fisher after currently having a 23-31 standing, a slight improvement from a dismal 17-65 record last season. The Knicks are currently five games short of a playoff spot and had only won one game out of ten with five consecutive losses. This was an unlikely misfortune with a healthy Carmelo Anthony and the emergence of Kristap Porzingis. Somehow, somewhere, long before Derek got fired, he was already digging his own grave.
The Knicks president of operations, Phil Jackson hired Fisher for the purpose of inculcating the patented triangle offense for their roster. The triangle was made way back in the nineties with the Chicago Bulls dynasty. It was invented by Tex Winter for the sole purpose of Michael Jordan to learn how to pass and trust his teammates. It doesn’t need an all-star lineup it just needs role players who knows how to shoot the ball from any range. Luke Longley, Steve Kerr, Tony Kukuc, Craig Hughes and a lot more are the typical triangle offense role players. Phil Jackson came out with 11 championship rings, but for the Knicks to succeed everyone must embraced the system. Phil’s objective was to create a culture within the franchise by installing a successful system (triangle offense) that would infuse throughout the organization. But Fisher went too far away from the triangle and made other versions in running the offense. Derek wanted to have his own identity, his own vision in running the triangle.
It was acceptable, but he wasn’t able to sell this idea to his players. There were no set rotations and most players don’t know their roles. When he and Matt Barnes reportedly had an altercation early in the year, he never address this up to his players, thinking they would understand without really talking to them. This was not about the deed, this is about leadership. Accepting he made a wrong decision and failed to impart this to his players – When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. And that could have been a good motivation for the team.
Derek lost the respect and the leadership and eventually his job.
New York fans can be tough… they will criticized you and will pull you down. That’s why they say if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere…
As long as you’re winning.