Baron Davis Says He'll Take Knicks' HC Job, Calls Derek Fisher a 'Con Artist'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:   Baron Davis #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives upcourt during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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If the New York Knicks fail in their pursuit of Tom Thibodeau, former NBA star Baron Davis is prepared to step to the front of the line.

Davis implied he wouldn't be the worst candidate for the job after the Knicks hired Derek Fisher, whom he called a "con artist."

Baron Davis @BaronDavis

@MGRADS @nyknicks @NBA I will take the job. They gave it to Derek Fisher and he a con artist

The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy reported Saturday that Thibodeau has emerged as the favorite for the post and that it's "Thibodeau's to lose."

Fisher spent a year and a half in charge of the Knicks, compiling a 40-96 record. The Los Angeles Sparks hired him in December 2018.

Davis' opinion of the former point guard likely stems less from his coaching career and more from his time as president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Action Network's Darren Rovell tweeted in December 2018 that Fisher was working with Luxury Asset Capital, which provides financing for athletes "using their property, contracts & pension as collateral." Some viewed that as a form of predatory lending, and Davis offered his thoughts:

Baron Davis @BaronDavis

Derek Fisher sold us out in the CBA now he selling us out again. Athletes going broke .. let’s make money off of that. #Slapyourself #buster #sellout #BANsyndrome https://t.co/twVJDGBoN7

The NBA and NBPA agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and ended the league's lockout in 2011, with Fisher serving in his role of NBPA president at the time. Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock reported in October 2011 that some believed Fisher worked directly with then-Commissioner David Stern behind the backs of his NBPA colleagues.

The NBPA's executive committee also issued a memo to its constituents in April 2012 that claimed Fisher was a "rogue leader who has been delinquent in his duties since the end of the lockout."

Fisher's term expired in 2013, with Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul becoming the new president of the players' union.