Derek Fisher fired by Knicks in his second season

According to ESPN, The New York Knicks have fired coach Derek Fisher after the team lost five straight games and nine of its past 10.  The Knicks are 23-31 this season after going 17-65 in Fisher's first season in 2014-15. New York's current losing skid contributed to the timing of the move, but the team was already convinced Fisher was not transitioning from the role of player to coach effectively.  Fisher was hired by team president Phil Jackson to rectify the struggling New York franchise. Fisher and Jackson have a history together dating back to when Jackson coached the Lakers, and Fisher was a point guard on the team that won five championships.

Fisher, who had no previous head-coaching experience, took over for Mike Woodson, who went 109-79 in parts of three seasons in New York but won only one playoff series. The Knicks currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference.  Fisher thanked Jackson, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and his players and staff. "This is a very talented team with strong character and I am confident they will succeed," Fisher said in a statement. "Obviously, I'm disappointed, but have learned an immense amount from this experience and hope to grow from it."  Fisher accepted some of the blame for the team's recent slow starts after the game, though All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony said that was the responsibility of the players.  The Knicks haven't won a title since the 1972-73 season.

Another of Jackson's former players, Dennis Rodman, took to Twitter to say he also was available, although it wasn't immediately known whether it was a joke or he was seriously interested in the job: 

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The photo Matt Barnes posted on instagram after Derek Fisher's firing news.