Phil Jackson fined $25,000 for touting Derek Fisher as Knicks coaching candidate

Derek Fisher has won five NBA titles in his 18-year career and is hoping to secure one more before calling it quits. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Derek Fisher has won five NBA titles in his 18-year career and is hoping to secure one more before calling it quits. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Usually, Phil Jackson drew an NBA-imposed fine for criticizing the referees, a relatively small downpayment Jackson deposited to help rattle an opposing teams’s superstar during a key playoff series.

But these circumstances were different.

As the New York Knicks president, Jackson drew a $25,000 fine for touting Derek Fisher as a coaching candidate while he still played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Per NBA rules, team officials cannot talk about acquiring other players under contract with another team and is considered tampering.

“He’s definitely a person on my list, who could be a very good candidate for this job,” Jackson recently said about Fisher to reporters in New York while he still played with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Knicks and Lakers are expected to interview Fisher at some point. But they would have to seek and receive permission from the Thunder to do so since Fisher will stay under contract with the team until June 30. Fisher has said he plans to retire, though he left the possibility open to play in what would mark his 19th season.


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