Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher reportedly will meet at some point this week to have a formal discussion about the vacant New York Knicks coaching job according to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
Sources told ESPN.com that Jackson is planning to connect with Fisher by week’s end after giving the Oklahoma City Thunder guard some time to decompress after his team was eliminated Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Jackson was fined $25k for tampering with Fisher after he named dropped the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard as potential coaching target.
It’s not a lock for Jackson either, as Fisher reportedly has the Lakers chomping at the bit to hire him in some capacity as well.
There’s for sure huge layers added to [the decision]. The personal relationship and professional relationship that I’ve had with Phil Jackson over the years, and being in the position that he’s in. And also, with the Lakers having an opening, it for sure adds layers to it. But like other important decisions in life, I don’t think you can be driven by what’s going on externally. You have to have an internal set of boundaries and just kind of a compass that you make decisions by. I’ll combine all those things as I try and make the best decision possible.