Derek Fisher says coaching WNBA’s Sparks isn’t a step down | NBA

Derek Fisher mentioned his transfer to the WNBA is “not a step down” whereas he was launched because the Los Angeles Sparks head coach Friday,

“This chance shouldn’t be a step down, sideways, backwards, one way or the other completely different than the boys’s recreation,” Fisher advised reporters (via the Associated Press). “There is not a future outdoors of what we’re right here to speak about as we speak.”

Fisher beforehand coached the Knicks, however was fired in 2016 halfway by way of his second season after the staff posted a 23-31 file. He’s changing Brian Agler, who resigned final week after 4 seasons with the Sparks. 

“Our coach’s search was quick however candy,” government vice chairman and common supervisor Penny Toler mentioned. “The primary one who got here to thoughts was Derek Fisher. Derek has been an enormous supporter of the Sparks, however much more importantly, he is been an enormous supporter of the WNBA from Day 1. He would depart his observe and fly and watch us play.”

Toler defined Fisher requested “about 2,000 questions” earlier than accepting the job. Fisher indicated it was mandatory after his time with the Knicks, the AP notes.

“What I realized is, if there’s not readability in goal, imaginative and prescient and mission from possession to administration to coaches to gamers to employees, it does not work,” Fisher mentioned. “Among the basketball issues are irrelevant if possession, administration, employees, gamers, if we’re not aligned in the way in which we see going about our jobs and attaining our goal and our mission.”

The Sparks are coming off a 19-15 season with Agler on the helm. They misplaced within the second spherical of the playoffs to the Washington Mystics. 

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