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Knicks Coach Derek Fisher compares player debut with coaching debut

Derek Fisher speaking before game (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher made his NBA coaching debut on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in a 104-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls.  Almost 18 years prior, on November 1, 1996, Fisher made his NBA debut as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 12 points while dishing out 5 assists in a win against the Phoenix Suns.  Before Fisher made his coaching debut, I asked him to compare any similar feelings between making his debut as a player and as a coach.

“Anytime I have ever walked out of the tunnel and I approached a basketball court, I have always approached it from the mindset of wanting to win, so those feelings are the same.  Every team I have ever been on I have always wanted to do everything I could to help my team win.  Some nights were better than others, but that was always the ultimate goal. So walking out of the tunnel tonight, as much that has changed in the 18 years that has not changed at all.  The ultimate goal is just to try to help my team win. Now as a coach that’s at the top of the list.”

Coach Fisher was able to help his team win from the bench the night after his debut, shocking the basketball world with the Knicks pulling off a 95-90 road upset over the Cavaliers in the debut of LeBron James in his return to Cleveland.  For Knicks fans, hopefully this will be the first of many victories for Fisher as head coach of the team.

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