New York Knicks

After a disappointing 23-31 start to the NBA season, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have fired head coach Derek Fisher.

By Skylar Darel

In a stunning turn of events, the New York Knicks have parted ways with second year head coach Derek Fisher.

This decision comes on the heels of a stretch where the Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games, falling from 22-22, firmly in the playoff hunt, to 23-31, a full five games outside the top eight in the East.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was first to report:

According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, management was unhappy with Fisher’s performance, and said change was needed.

Fisher was hired in the summer of 2014, just after retiring from his playing career. At the helm of the Knicks a year ago, he led the team to their worst ever season, going 17-65 in 2014-15.

This season, things started brightly for Fisher and the Knicks, who were considered to be one of the surprise teams in the NBA during the first half of the season. This latest 1-9 stretch has proved to be Fisher’s undoing.

The Knicks PR Twitter account confirmed the move, made by President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson:

In the interim, Kurt Rambis will assume the duties of head coach.

Stick to ESNY for all news relating Fisher’s departure, and his potential replacement as head coach of the New York Knicks.

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Staff Writer at Elite Sports New York. Lead Writer at New York Sports Hub and My Weekly Sports. Twitter, instagram: @skylardarel. Avid fan of the Yankees, Knicks, Giants, New York City FC, FC Barcelona, and Arsenal FC. Sophomore at the College of New Jersey, studying Communication. Aspiring play-by-play commentator. Grew up in Manhattan, and proud to know how to work the Subway system.