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The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher
as their new coach yesterday, with Phil
Jackson turning to one of his most trust-
worthy former players.
Just days after finishing his 18th season,
Fisher was chosen to replace Mike Woodson,
who Jackson fired after the regular season
in his first major move as team president.
Fisher won five championships playing for
Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and
was known for his knack for hitting clutch
postseason shots while playing an NBA-
record 259 playoff games. Jackson says "it
has come clear to me" that he and Fisher
can form a great partnership again, listing
some of the coaches the 39-year-old Fisher
played under---though leaving out himself.
"Derek has a long, laundry list of coaches
that he s worked under and had a tremendous
amount of success and we welcome him,"
Jackson said yesterday during a news con-
ference at the Knicks training center in
Greenburgh, New York.
The Knicks went 37--45 and missed the
playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic
Division and advancing to the Eastern Con-
Jackson, who declined an original offer to
coach the team, was instead hired to run the
front office in March, and fired Woodson
the week after the season ended.
He was seeking someone familiar with the
triangle offense and someone with little or
no coaching experience that he could teach.
The Knicks nearly closed a deal to hire Steve
Kerr, who instead left a TV commentating
job to coach the Golden State Warriors.
Jackson turned his attention to Fisher, even
getting fined $25,000 last week when he was
too open about his interest in the point guard
who was still under contract with the Okla-
homa City Thunder.
The 39-year-old Fisher was respected
among players around the league as he was
the president of the players association during
the 2011 lockout.
The Knicks have had nowhere near the
success of Fisher or Jackson, but their new
coach believes they can.
"We know without a doubt that we can
re-establish what that means, what that is,"
Fisher said. (AP)
Derek Fisher is new
Knicks head coach
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, right, poses with Derek Fisher during a news
conference in Tarrytown, New York, yesterday. The Knicks hired Fisher as their new coach
yesterday, with Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players. AP PHOTO
LOS ANGELES---Embattled Los Angeles Clip-
pers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his sup-
port from a deal to sell the team to former
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue
his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA,
his attorney said Monday.
The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his
estranged wife Shelly Sterling after Donald Ster-
ling s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicised
and the National Basketball Association moved
to oust him as owner.
The lawsuit alleges the league violated his con-
stitutional rights by relying on information from
an "illegal" recording that
he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league
committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling
$2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws
by trying to force a sale.
"We have been instructed to prosecute the
lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He also
said Donald Sterling would not be signing off on
the deal to sell.
Sterling agreed to ink the deal and drop the
suit last week assuming "all their differences had
been resolved," his attorneys said. But he decided
to not sign the papers after learning the NBA
won t revoke its lifetime ban and fine.
Shelly Sterling utilised her authority as sole
trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns
the Clippers, to take bids for the team and ulti-
mately negotiate a deal with Ballmer.
The deal would have record-breaking if
approved by the NBA s owners.
If this deal ultimately goes through, its terms
allow Shelly Sterling to remain close to the organ-
isation by allowing for up to ten per cent of the
team---or $200 million---to be spun off into a
charitable foundation that she would essentially
Shelly Sterling and Ballmer would be co-chairs
of the foundation, which would target under-
privileged families, battered women, minorities
and inner city youths. (AP)
Clippers owner cancels
deal, says suit is on
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