NBA Rumors: Will Derek Fisher return to the Lakers?

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

Who will be the new Los Angeles Lakers head coach? The franchise has fired Byron Scott on Sunday after a disastrous season which saw the team slip to a franchise worst record. Many names are coming up as Scott’s successor with former point guard and Knicks’ coach Derek Fisher reportedly interested to a return to the Lakers as head coach.

The Lakers’ management is still sorting out the list of candidates and gauging the interests in the trade market before making any decisions. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Derek Fisher is interested in taking charge as the Lakers’ head coach.

“Sources indicate Derek Fisher has interest in the Lakers job. Obviously Laker front office still compiling their list and gauging interest from potential candidates after Byron Scott wasn’t retained Sunday night”, reported Shelburne.

There are rumors that the Lakers’ president Jeanie Buss is eyeing Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks’ president to head the basketball operations at Los Angeles. The move requires Jim Buss to be removed as president of the Knicks.

But if they are considering Jackson to run the operations, why would they hire Fisher as coach, whom Jackson fired from the post of Knicks’ coach earlier this season?

Fisher’s stint with the Knicks was his maiden run as a head coach and lasted for nearly two seasons. He was fired after a 40-96 win record. The Knicks replaced him with Kurt Rambis for the interim period, but failed to make it to the playoffs.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

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