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Knicks controversy: Derek Fisher fires back at Rajon Rondo, does not consider Kings PG as an ‘elite’ player

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Derek Fisher (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

The New York Knicks landing star point guard Rajon Rondo in the 2016 free agency just got a little bit tougher after current head coach Derek Fisher called out Rajon Rondo for his recent statement about him not being “fit” with the triangle system of the Knicks.

Fisher not only rebuffed Rondo’s statement but also hinted that he did not see the Kings point guard as one of the “elite” players in the game.

“If there were some blueprint that would tell us a player wouldn’t have any problems going forward we’d probably try to follow that one,’’ Fisher told the New York Post.

“That’s your decision on whether or not he’s elite or not. You can’t ask him when he wasn’t very successful playing against [the triangle] whether or not he wants to play in it. That’s his opinion. That’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. We’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.’’

Fisher and Rondo were on-court rivals before Fisher moved on to coaching. Fisher played for the Los Angeles Lakers, who met the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals twice when Rondo played for the Boston squad. Rondo’s Celtics won in 2008 but Fisher’s Lakers won in 2010.

Both the Knicks and Kings have disappointed again this season. New York is at 23-31 or 12th in the Eastern Conference while Sacramento is at 21-30 or 10th in the Western Conference.

The New York squad is expected to explore free agency in the upcoming 2016 summer and one of the priorities of the team is in getting a point guard in the market.

Rondo, along with the likes of Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers) and Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) are listed as the top available point guards in the free agent market.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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