Phl Jackson of New York Knicks fined for tampering with Derek Fisher of Oklahoma City Thunder
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jun 3, 2014
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher, sources tell ESPN.com. The NBA fined Jackson $25,000 on Monday for tampering with Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher by stating publicly that the Thunder guard is a candidate to become the next head coach of the Knicks. ESPN first reported the fine. However, because Fisher is still under contract with the Thunder and won’t become a free agent until July 1st, Jackson’s comments are considering tampering. Would Fisher make a good coach for the Knicks? Jackson, the Knicks president, told reporters last Friday that Fisher is indeed on his list of candidates. Jackson joked about not being restricted by what he could say publically about Fisher. Among the reasons the league took this step, sources said, was to reinforce its annual reminders to teams of the league’s anti-tampering rules, which prohibit teams from direct or indirect expressions of interest in other teams’ impending free agents.
This past Friday, Phil Jackson alluded to current Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard Derek Fisher as a possible coach for Phil’s Knicks squad still without a coach after getting spurned by top choice Steve Kerr. The Thunder took exception to the commen…