Derek Fisher no longer on Lakers’ radar

By Montezz Allen


Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher has the tools and knowledge to be a solid coach in the NBA someday —  just not with the Lakers.

According to a report from Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers no longer have their eye on Fisher as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy.

The team believes Fisher will be a formidable coach at some point, if he decides to go that route, but L.A.’s looking for a coach with previous experience.

Unfortunately Fisher isn’t that.

Before this year’s season began, Fisher, who turns 40 in August, mentioned that he was planning to retire.

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The 18-year veteran won five championships with the Lakers and shared the same backcourt with superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant for all five of those titles.

Although Fisher has a long history with the storied franchise, deciding not to go with him is a smart decision by the Lakers.

Shoot, it’s genius if you think about it, considering how putrid the front office was when it came to hiring the last two coaches.

Fisher just isn’t the right guy, period.

Bryant wants to win now. In order for that to happen, he needs a coach that knows exactly what he’s doing. He doesn’t need a rookie coach that isn’t battle tested.

If the Lakers were to hire Fisher it would be the equivalent to the Brooklyn Nets hiring Jason Kidd. And we all know how that turned out.

The Lakers’ decision to hire a coach with experience also rules out the a few college coaches who L.A. had its eye on: John Calipari, Roy Williams and Kevin Ollie.

Both Calipari and Ollie have signed long-term deals with their respective programs.

Calipari signed a seven-year, $52 million extension with the University of Kentucky and Ollie inked a five-year contract with UConn where he’ll be earning $2.8 million a year.

The truth is that the Lakers need an experienced head coach that can lead them to the promised land.They need a coach that will help them win right away.

There are no more room for errors.

The Lakers have already interviewed five coaches in person: Alvin Gentry, Mike Dunleavy, Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and Kurt Rambis.

It’s already been a six-week-long process.

The Lakers are finally going about hiring a coach the right way. They’re patient and extremely cautious.

Hopefully they’ll choose the right candidate this time around. According to sources within the organization, there’s a “50-50” chance they’ll hire Mike D’Antoni’s replacement before the NBA draft on June 26.







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