The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA have appointed Derek Fisher as their new head coach.
The 44-year-old, a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, served as the New York Knicks' coach for nearly two years. And he is poised to embark on a different journey in the WNBA with the Sparks, who last won the championship in 2016, their third title overall.
"The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the hiring of five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher as head coach," the team announced via their official website on Wednesday. "Fisher played in the NBA for 18 seasons and helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five titles."
Fisher, who will be introduced at a press conference in Los Angeles on Friday, claimed that there is no better organization in the league than the Sparks after his appointment.
“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks,” he said. “There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can’t wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand - and deserve.”
Sparks Managing Director and Governor Eric Holoman welcomed the former NBA star, whom he fully expects to guide the team to another championship.
“Our ownership group is excited to welcome Derek to the Sparks family,” Holoman declared. “Derek is a proven winner, tough under pressure and is a true believer in the power of the WNBA and the opportunities it provides for women on and off the court. 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.”
What This Means
Fisher did not achieve much success with the Knicks, which isn't surprising at all. The WNBA, however, could boost his coaching career and his ties to the city of Los Angeles should benefit them as well.
He takes over a team who won the championship just two years ago and boasts two-time WNBA MVP, Candace Parker. It will be quite interesting to see how this works out.