Former Knicks coach/future Knicks guard Derek Fisher spent last season on the sidelines while wearing the home or away Knicks uniform under a custom-tailored suit that could, if necessary, break away at a moment’s notice.
“I tell my guys to be prepared for anything out there,” Fisher said. “So if, I don’t know, I haven’t really thought this through, but say we’re down by nine in the fourth quarter to the Hornets and the offense could use a jolt, and the guys are looking for a veteran presence. I don’t know. You guys are the reporters, you come up with the narratives.”
Fisher felt the urge to wear his uniform to every game he coached after several players invited him to join them during a preseason shoot-around.
“I came into the gym, and I saw Robin [Lopez] and few of the guys chucking up shots, and they said, ‘Hey coach, you still got it?'” recalled Fisher, a tear visibly forming in his eye. “I, uh, yeah. That was the happiest moment of my life. Except for my daughter being born of course.”
Fisher has two daughters.
“Oh yeah, that’s what I meant to say, when both of my kids were born,” added Fisher.
Fisher also has a son.
“Dammit,” concluded Fisher.