New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson has revealed that he would like to see more emotion from coach Derek Fisher on the sidelines during games.
Knicks NBA Free Agency 2015: New York need to rebuild using cap space.
Jackson says free agency priority for Knicks: Franchise will also have top Draft pick.
Knicks could re-sign Bargnani: Italian could return to MSG next year.
Jackson was specifically talking about Fisher’s role in getting after referees when there have been occasions that the Knicks have been hit with unwarranted fouls.
The Knicks coach has been a calm and reassuring presence on the sidelines this year despite the franchise’s miserable season.
New York have the worst record in the NBA at 13-52 which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference as they look ahead to rebuilding in the summer.
Several things have gone against Fisher and Jackson this year, but the latter has insisted that he would like to see Fisher get into it more often even if it means risking being thrown out of games.
“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,” Jackson said, the New York Post reports.
“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.”
However, don’t expect Fisher to change his ways as ultimately his response suggested that he doesn’t plan on becoming a more prominent figure on the sidelines as he doesn’t believe him risking being sent to the back will benefit his players.
Fisher was keen to stress that it is a completely different situation to when Jackson was coaching as the Knicks aren’t enjoying any where near that level of success and so even though he has been criticised for his lack of emotion, that is his style of coaching and he is sticking with it.