Derek Fisher’s Fight With Matt Barnes Over Gloria Govan Was A Factor In His Knicks Firing
The Knicks’ being a below average team with a 23-31 record in a subpar Eastern Conference was only PART of the reason why Phil Jackson gave Derek Fisher his walking papers yesterday.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Fisher’s infamous fade with Matt Barnes over Gloria Govan had a SIGNIFICANT impact on the players’ respect for him, or lack thereof…
As a young NBA coach, the fastest path to losing a locker room comes this way: Behave like a player. To fly to California and visit a girlfriend in the middle of the New York Knicks’ training camp – engaging Matt Barnes in a Tom-and-Jerry tussle-and-chase – cost Derek Fisher dearly. Fisher lost the moral high ground inside Madison Square Garden, lost a measure of gravitas as a leader of men.
The embarrassment of his unfilmed “Real Housewives” episode didn’t cost Fisher his job as Knicks coach, but it did start him on a slippery slope toward his firing on Monday. That October weekend odyssey was Fisher’s choice, and the blame for it all – including the failure to return to New York in time to conduct a Knicks practice – belongs to him.
Still, sometimes culture influences behavior inside organizations. Think Fisher never saw Phil Jackson bolting town to see Jeanie Buss? As one member of the Knicks organization wondered, “Where would [Fisher] get the idea that it was OK to fly to California on an off day to see your girlfriend?”
Was that reality TV p*$$y REALLY worth it? To get beat up AND fired?? SMH.
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