The search for the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers has claimed its first victim, former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher.
The 39-year old had reportedly put his hat in the ring to coach his old team but those hopes have been dashed according to Bleacher Report’s national NBA columnist Kevin Ding.
“Two people told me on Tuesday not to expect him to become the next Lakers head coach, which is no surprise,” Ding wrote. “Fisher has always been unsure about the grinding life of a coach.”
You can see why people would want Fisher in their organizations thought. The veteran is basically a player-coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder already, guiding his younger players from the bench and is a valuable asset in Scott Brooks side even though he doesn't really contribute to the box score.
Despite the article from Ding, there are reports still surfacing that Fisher could find a head coaching gig in the NBA, possibly at Phil Jackson's New York Knicks which seems to be completely counter-productive and exactly the opposite of what Fisher would want.
There are a number of other candidates in the mix for Los Angeles right now as well, including retreads and experienced men like Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins and EuroLeague star Ettore Messina.