So for the next five years Jackson’s legacy will be in the hands of a rookie head coach.
There are many people to thank.
For one Donald Sterling, whose bigoted remarks will actually benefit every player and coach in the NBA. When originally told he had to sell the Los Angeles Clippers it was estimated he would get between $400-500 million. Now his franchise will sell for $2 BILLION.
With that in mind what are the New York Knicks worth, $3-4 billion?
James Dolan had to be ecstatic.
The NBA has grown to tremendous value and the Knicks are a premier sports franchise.
After losing Steve Kerr to the Golden State Warriors for $22 million- he rejected $17.6 million from the Knicks- Jackson and Dolan were not going to lose their man due to money.
Fisher was able to steal, or get paid $25 million over five years.
He is clearly worth more as a coach than a player. What a difference a year can make as Jason Kidd only received $7.5 million, with a fourth year option his salary would be $10.5 million. Fisher should thank Kidd as it was his partial success that opened the door for this rookie coach.
Now many reporters have questioned why Jackson wanted a rookie coach?
The answer is simple. Jackson wanted to coach mentally, physically he knew he was not able. He wants to teach and be hands on. He may have feared how Mark Jackson wanted no input from executives. He wants to coach, teach and mentor and Fisher obviously embraces this role. The same role Eric Spoelstra accepted for Pat Riley.
Obviously Jackson saw Riley’s success in Miami as Spoelstra coached Riley’s system. I applaud Jackson for being so observant, if not frugal.
Fisher is a man with character and integrity and that is needed and now he and Jackson have much to do.
1. Get Anthony to stay as you need an elite scorer for the triangle to succeed.
2. Hire assistants
3. Buy or trade for a draft pick
4. Recruit older top tier players to support Anthony
5. Study up on being a coach
Mark Jackson and Kidd have showed that first-year coaches can have immediate success on the bench. Knicks fans will expect the same from Fisher. Phil Jackson said recently that the Knicks may look to acquire a pick. If so, one of Fisher’s first tasks will be to scout draft-eligible players, in addition to studying the Knicks’ roster.
Does he trade Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert or both? As a former point guard his first priority must be to sign or trade for a point guard. He must figure out how to utilize Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, both in the final year of their prospective contracts.
On the draft scene, New York has already held workouts for Florida big man Patric Young and guard Scottie Wilbekin, and has hosted ex-North Carolina star P.J. Hairston, among others.
However rarely does a second round pick make it to the Garden floor.
He must acquire a first round pick and then head off to the free agent market.
So the big question was he overpaid? Of course he was, but Dolan just came into a few billion, so a few million won’t matter.
Good luck Fisher, New York embraces you.