And so the Knicks, having been ridiculed for their inept handling of Steve Kerr, have decided to follow the Nets model and hire a veteran player straight off the playing floor, Derek Fisher, as their head coach.
But unlike the hiring of Kidd, the hiring of Derek Fisher will be costly. The Nets hired their former point guard to a four-year, $10 million deal, three years and $7.5 million of it guaranteed. Fisher will be paid $25 million over five years. How much of it guaranteed is uncertain.
The news, broke by Frank Isola, was confirmed by the Knicks who announced that they will have a "major announcement" Tuesday. As for Monday night, there was no word as to whether Fisher had officially retired. His contract would normally run out June 30. Unlike Fisher, Kidd had two years of his contract with the Knicks when he stepped aside, leaving $6 million on the table.
Expect much of questioning at Tuesday's press conference to be about whether Kidd's success, at least in 2014, helped Phil Jackson's decision- making.
- Sources: Derek Fisher agrees to $25 million deal to coach Knicks - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- Derek Fisher agrees to become new Knicks coach - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- Going straight from playing to coaching — like Jason Kidd and maybe Derek Fisher — latest NBA trend: Avery Johnson - Peter Botte - New York Daily News
- In Derek Fisher, Knicks president Phil Jackson has a prized pupil to run team - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
- Derek Fisher to be Phil Jackson's New York Knicks coach - Jeff Zillgitt - USA Today
- Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher -- can no experience equal great success? - Matt Moore - CBS Sports
- If it worked for Kidd, it can work for Fisher - Andrew Gilman - FOX Sports
The Nets set a trend with the Jason Kidd hire - Brian Erni - SNY Nets
- Some advice for Derek Fisher, after a year of Jason Kidd - - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- So Jason Kidd kind of looks like a bargain - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game