Derek Fisher hired to coach WNBA's Sparks

Derek Fisher

Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher has been hired as coach of the Sparks, the team announced on Wednesday. Brian Agler resigned as the team's head coach last week, leaving a vacancy that will be filled by the former National Basketball Association player and head coach. He had a memorable stint with the Lakers, as he was able to win five National Basketball Association titles with the team. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016. 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. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Fisher will officially be introduced at a press conference on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. "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".

The 44-year-old Fisher is being welcomed by two-time MVP Candace Parker.

When Jackson was hired by the Knicks, the former Lakers and Bulls coach called upon Fisher to be his head coach.

Fisher replaces Brian Agler, who resigned last month after four seasons at the helm. Agler led Los Angeles to back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances, including winning the 2016 WNBA title.

It's a bit surprising that the Sparks are bringing in a guy with a checkered past and a brutal win-loss record as a head coach.

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