Derek Fisher sounds uninterested in coaching
His teammates embrace him. His coaches respect him. And whether you appreciate his expereince and clutch shots or criticize his slowing speed, most Laker fans recognize the leadership qualities Derek Fisher brings.
That's why it's hardly a surprise the NBA.com general managers poll featured Fisher as the active player that would make the best head coach someday. What sounds surprising involves Fisher's apparant lack of interest in the profession.
"Coaching doesn't look that fun to me, to be honest," Fisher said after Tuesday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "They seem to stress a lot, and they spend probably more hours than we do watching film and preparing for the games and what not, so I have a lot of respect for the profession and the job that coaches do. But it's not something that I'm really looking forward to signing up to do. Especially anytime soon."
Later that night, Fisher participated in Lakers' All-Access, a $550 per plate dinner at Staples Center that featured various Laker players, A.C. Green and Mike Brown speak in a panel discussion. Fox Sports West Bill MacDonald asked all the Laker players in attendance (Fisher, Matt Barnes, Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, Josh McRoberts) what job they were work should they stop playing basketball. Fisher used that to plug his basketball camp, saying he'd love to run that full time. Even if Fisher has long maintained he wants to paly out his remaining two-year contract with the Lakers, his sudden disinterest in coaching deviates from comments he made two years ago.
But Lakers Coach Mike Brown sounds totally fine with Fisher's lack of interest.
"I think they're wrong," Brown said with a smile. "I don't think he'd make a good coach. I say that because I still want to coach and I don't want him taking my job."
After removing the tongue out of his cheek, Brown went on to say Fisher has the "right presence" to choose any career path. But there's at least one coaching candidate he doesn't have to worry about should the Lakers struggle this season.
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