Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA's Sparks

Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks

Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA's Sparks

Back in 2016, the New York Knicks fired former National Basketball Association player Derek Fisher following a 23-31 start to the season after going 17-65 in Fisher's first season in 2014-15.

Fisher will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Sparks officially announced the hiring of Fisher as head coach on Wednesday.

An introductory news conference is set for noon Friday during which Fisher, All-Star center Candace Parker, Penny Toler, executive vice president and general manager, and Eric Holoman, managing director and governor who is a member of the Sparks ownership group, will participate. He led the team to a WNBA title in 2016, becoming the only head coach in the league's history to win with two different franchises. He went 40-96 in two seasons at the helm for the New York Knicks and was sacked midway through his second season after the team posted a 23-31 record. The Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 75-68, in the first round of the playoffs, then lost to the Washington Mystics, 96-64, in the second round.

He has now found his way back to coaching, but in the WNBA. "I look forward to working with someone with championship pedigree and who has a track record of strong leadership".

Fisher, 44, helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five National Basketball Association titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players' union.

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