Derek Fisher Named New Coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks

08 December, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks

Fisher's experience includes holding the National Basketball Association record for playoff game appearances (259), serving as the players' union president and coaching the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.

Derek Fisher is taking his coaching talents to the WNBA.

"I am thrilled to name Derek Fisher our next head coach", said Penny Toler, the Sparks' executive vice president and general manager, in a statement released by the team.

Fisher, who inherits a team that features two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker, will be introduced as the Sparks' new bench boss at a press conference Friday in Los Angeles.


Before becoming a coach, Fisher played for 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

When Jackson was hired by the Knicks, the former Lakers and Bulls coach called upon Fisher to be his head coach.

Fisher's tenure as a head coach in the National Basketball Association did not go well, posting a 40-96 record in a bit more than a season and a half.

The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned. He is the winningest coach in WNBA history. "I'm certain Derek will not only build on the Sparks championship culture, but also play an instrumental role in all the work we do in the Los Angeles community".

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