Derek Fisher Named Next Head Coach of WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks

"I'm excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks," Fisher said in a statement.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Derek Fisher attends Regard Magazine 2018 NBA All-Star Pre-Party hosted by Derek Fisher at Soho House on February 15, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images for Regard Magazine)

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Derek Fisher is getting another chance to prove himself as a head coach with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Prior to the introductory press conference scheduled for Friday, Fisher released a statement emphasizing the goals he has set out for himself with this new opportunity. "I'm excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks," Fisher said, per ESPN. "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."

In February 2016, Fisher was fired as head coach of the New York Knicks after just 136 games. 

Fisher's tenure with the Knicks didn't leave a great impression on many, but there are some who believe a change in scenery could help the Sparks and their new head coach. 

Derek Fisher struggled as an NBA Coach, but I expect him to be a lot better in the WNBA. The league plays more to his strengths, I believe.

— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) December 5, 2018

I honestly really like that Derek Fisher is gonna coach the Sparks this year. Not that Agler wasn’t good, but a coaching change is always nice to get some fresh energy and as CP3 eyes her transition from WNBA to broadcasting, this will help find the new gen.

— VOTE YES ON SAG-AFTRA STRIKE AUTH (@kyliesparks) December 6, 2018

Woj also drops 💣 on #WNBA people!

This is a great hire and I can’t wait to see what Derek Fisher does with the #Sparks team!

— ᴍᴇɢʜᴀɴ ᴍᴄᴘᴇᴀᴋ (@meghanmcpeak) December 5, 2018

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