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Derek Fisher agrees to become New York Knicks new head coach

Derek Fisher with Kobe Bryant
Derek Fisher with Kobe Bryant
Credit: USA Today

The recently retired Derek Fisher has a preliminary agreement in place which will make Fisher the newest head coach of the New York Knicks.

The contract terms are for five-year, $25 million deal, according to Yahoo! Sports. Fisher spent the past week deciding on the coaching vacancies between The Los Angeles Lakers and The New York Knicks.

Ultimately Phil Jackson is one of the major factors that lead Fisher to choosing the Knicks. The 18 year NBA veteran played nine seasons under Jackson in Los Angeles where the two won five world championships together in LA. The two have remained close friends since Fisher's Lakers days.

Just hour after his Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs, Fisher spoke about his desire to become a head coach. "In the last maybe decade or so, I've really felt like my purpose in life, my calling so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people. Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people's lives," Fisher says.

Fisher takes over a Knicks team with major question marks leading into the 2015 season. The team finished with 37 wins last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The team's best player Carmelo Anthony is expected to file for free agency, with the Knicks having the major risk of losing him this off season. Currently over the salary cap, New York Knicks only have the minimum to offer free agents.

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