After Career of Defying Expectations, Derek Fisher May Give Biggest Surprise Yet

October 19th, 2015 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — Derek Fisher stands alone these days.

Until the New York Knicks win a whole lot of games that folks are not expecting them to win, the negative comparisons to Steve Kerr or Matt Barnes or even Phil Jackson will persist.

Fisher himself, though, might struggle to resist a comparison to Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan, because if Fisher hadn't jumped at the opportunity to prowl the sideline at the "World's Most Famous Arena" as the disciple of the world's most successful coach, Fisher quite likely would've gotten Kevin Durant's endorsement to coach the loaded Thunder toward the 2016 NBA championship instead of trying to forget the worst season in Knicks history.

But the stay-in-the-moment task now is for Fisher to do what he always has: identify areas in which he is insufficient and flat-out improve; accept abundant skepticism as fuel for proving his worth.

This is what he does.

Jackson knows, which is why he saw the leadership qualities of a great coach in Fisher.

Despite not possessing the basketball gifts of some of his teammates, Fisher didn't just manage to be a fiv ...

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