5 Reasons Why Derek Fisher Will Fail With New York Knicks

Derek Fisher: 5 Reasons He Will Fail With New York Knicks

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At long last, Phil Jackson found his head coach. Many in NBA circles have labeled Derek Fisher a good choice, suggesting his exemplary leadership as a player will translate well to his coaching career. Whatever his real coaching capabilities may be, Fisher faces a slew of daunting barriers to success with the New York Knicks. Accordingly, it's time to examine the five biggest reasons he will fail as the coach in the Big Apple.

5. Terrible Contracts

Expensive Contracts Amar'e Stoudemire
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5. Terrible Contracts

Expensive Contracts Amar'e Stoudemire
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Injuries have significantly hampered Amar'e Stoudemire's career, but he is still paid like a superstar. The inexplicable Andrea Bargnani trade only compounds the matter. The two players will combine for a $ 36,023,488 hit on the Knicks' cap in the 2014-15 season, making it rather difficult to improve the rest of the roster without additional enormous financial costs. Derek Fisher won't have very much to work with in terms of on-court talent.

4. James Dolan

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4. James Dolan

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The notoriously hands-on owner has been complicating the Knicks' organization for years, and there have been rumors aplenty of him already butting heads with Phil Jackson. One way or the other, Fisher will have Dolan watching over his shoulder with every coaching decision he makes. That isn't a particularly comforting thought.

3. Lack of Draft Picks

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3. Lack of Draft Picks

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Tim Hardaway Jr. projects to be a solid player, but he is one of only a few young talents Fisher will have at his disposal. The Knicks do not presently have a pick in this year's NBA Draft, and the awful Bargnani trade means no picks in the 2016 draft either. Fisher will be forced to rely primarily on aging and declining veterans who have failed to do much of note for the past several seasons — not quite what I'd call a recipe for success.

2. Phil Jackson May Not Be Quite What Most Think He Is

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2. Phil Jackson May Not Be Quite What Most Think He Is

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The aura surrounding the "Zen Master" is one of near reverence, but perhaps Knicks fans shouldn't be so quick to kneel. There is no denying Jackson's excellence as a coach, but he is quite unproven as an front office executive. Further, the triangle offense obsession that permeated Jackson's coaching search was quite strange. Is Fisher simply going to be a puppet, acting only based on what the master orders? Doesn't sound like an ideal situation.

1. Carmelo Anthony

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1. Carmelo Anthony

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The elephant in the room is Carmelo Anthony, the superstar the Knicks paid a small fortune to acquire three years ago. Anthony is considering greener pastures in free agency this summer, looking at the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets in particular. If he leaves, Fisher has next to nothing to craft a competitive team with; the Knicks would be unavoidably terrible, a potentially poisonous situation for someone with no coaching experience.

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