Phil Jackson says millennial-style coaching cost Derek Fisher

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The New York Knicks have had a tough time of things in recent years. Having boasted a .500 win percentage after 40 games last season, it all came apart in the second half of the campaign

After going on a run of nine losses in ten games, president Phil Jackson decided to part ways with his old player from the L.A. Lakers, and friend, Derek Fisher.

The Big Apple franchise is now heading in a new direction, but after a year and a half without much success, many were left wondering why Fisher was sacked in mid-February.

According to Jackson, there was a combination of problems that led to his exit, but one major difference the two had was in their style of coaching. The former Bulls and Lakers man said: "One difference I had with Derek is that I'm much more interested than he was in training groups. The Knights of the Round Table kind of thing.

"He was training individuals, which was really in tune with the so-called millennials, young people and young players who are primarily interested in themselves."

One of the most decorated coaches in history also suggested Fisher's personal life played a part, but never questioned his dedication, adding: "Almost from the start, this was a difficult time for Derek. Derek did have a situation that took some focus away from his coaching during the preseason.

"But I never doubted that his focus was on coaching the team. A divorce and coast-to-coast move with children does put pressure on a person’s life, but that's the NBA. However, Derek did move the team forward."

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