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Knicks make it official, hire Derek Fisher as head coach

Knicks make it official, hire Derek Fisher as head coach

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher shoots during practice Friday, April 25, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. The Thunder face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in Game 4 of their opening-round NBA basketball playoff series. The Grizzlies lead the series 2-1. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

The New York Knicks have hired Derek Fisher as their new coach, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players.

Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was hired Tuesday to replace Mike Woodson, who Jackson fired after the season in his first major move as team president.

Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots. Jackson says that “it has come clear to me” that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again.

The 39-year-old Fisher is respected among players around the league as was the president of the Players Association during the 2011 lockout.

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