Fisher, 41, was 40-96 in his season-and-a-half on the Knicks bench. He'll be replaced by Kurt Rambis, a longtime Phil Jackson confidante who previously served as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Respected NBA gambler Haralabos Voulgaris offered this, um, candid assessment of Rambis' coaching bona fides:
Adding credence to Voulgaris' take was HBO's Bill Simmons, who mixed candor with concerning statistics:
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As with all things on earth, it did not take long for Crying Jordan to get involved:
Rodger Sherman of SB Nation perhaps put Fisher's tenure—and the Knicks' organizational philosophy as a whole—best:
Fisher's hiring was controversial from the beginning. He was brought in directly after his retirement from playing and given the security of a five-year, $25 million contract. The Knicks floundered in his first season, going 17-65 as Fisher looked overmatched on the bench.
While they've already eclipsed that win total before the All-Star break, the recent downturn was enough to seal Fisher's fate. Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports wasn't onboard with Fisher's firing:
That said, it's possible some of Fisher's antics played a part in his unceremonious exit. He was involved in an off-court altercation with Matt Barnes that resulted in the Memphis Grizzlies forward serving a two-game suspension for an alleged assault. Barnes has since made a number of public comments on the incident, leading some to wonder if he'd bask in Fisher's ouster:
It didn't take long for Barnes to post a reaction photo on his Instagram page following the announcement:
Of course, the man responsible for hiring Fisher in the first place was Jackson, the $60 million Knicks president. Minus the selection of Kristaps Porzingis, nearly every decision Jackson's made since his arrival has either backfired or been met with tepid responses.
Ben Detrick of the New York Times offered his ugly tree-related thoughts:
Speaking of amusing Phil-related thoughts, here are a few tweets—tongue-in-cheek and otherwise—regarding a potential new target:
Also, Dennis Rodman would like an interview:
Sure, Dennis. Sure.
Wait, on second thought...let's do this. The Knicks are already hiring Rambis, who by all accounts is one of the worst head coaches of this century. How much worse could things really get if the Knicks went full crazy and hired Rodman?
Quickly imagines what Rodman would do to Porzingis.
OK, never mind. First instinct was right. Let's keep Rodman off the bench and as far away from the national treasure Kristaps as possible.
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