NBA fine Knicks' Phil Jackson for 'tampering' with OKC player

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New York Knicks' president Phil Jackson has been fined by the NBA today for comments directed towards Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN:

"Jackson has been fined $25,000 for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher."

Stein elaborated on the situation via Twitter, revealing that the fine was handed down after Jackson discussed the possibility of hiring Fisher as the next New York Knicks head coach in a press conference last week.

Fisher is rumored to be on the short list for a number of head coaching roles this offseason with both the Knicks and LA Lakers amongst those believed to be interested in seeing Fisher fill their vacancies should the 40-year-old choose to retire.

Fisher has a strong relationship with Jackson dating back from their time spent together in Los Angeles with the Lakers and it would not be surprising to see Jackson come calling.

His comments however are clearly against NBA regulations what with Fisher remaining under contract with the Thunder - a team with whom he nearly arrived at the NBA Finals this past week.

Ahead of his first full season as president of the New York franchise this is far from the ideal start from Jackson, but considering his known wealth the $25,000 total won't be too damaging.

It will however make him think twice about discussing his coaching plans in public in the future.

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