The Los Angeles Lakers are far removed from their championship teams and players, but some of their players have remained close to basketball.
While a couple of players are still playing such as Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza, a couple others have gone on to become head coaches in the NBA. Derek Fisher was the head coach of the New York Knicks from the 2014-16 NBA seasons and Luke Walton is currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fisher may not have done the greatest of jobs with the Knicks, but as a former point guard on five championship teams, his basketball IQ is unquestioned.
With Fisher looking for another opportunity, the Los Angeles Sparks have hired him as their new head coach for the 2019 WNBA season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA have hired Derek Fisher as head coach, the team announced Wednesday.
Fisher, a five-time NBA champion player and former head coach of the New York Knicks, will be introduced at a news conference on Friday in Los Angeles.
The first stint of Fisher’s coaching career was when he was hired by his former coach Phil Jackson who was the president of the Knicks at the time. Fisher was eventually fired by him after leading the team to a 40-96 record during his time there.
However, it may be unfair to place full responsibility on him when the team was already trending downward and eventually fell into a rebuild. On the other hand, the Sparks finished in the middle of the pack for the 2018 season and unfortunately lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Washington Mystics.
Candace Parker and the Sparks are hoping that Fisher can lead them to their fourth championship. He will definitely be a great addition to the team, and it will be nice to see another former Lakers champion coaching a Los Angeles team.