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Former NBA head coach Derek Fisher has been hired by the Los Angeles Sparks as their new head coach.
The WNBA franchise announced the hiring Wednesday.
Fisher, who inherits a team that features two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker, will be introduced as the Sparks’ new bench boss at a press conference Friday in Los Angeles.
“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks,” Fisher said in a statement. “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.”
Parker put her stamp of approval on the hiring of Fisher.
“Derek is a great basketball mind who brings a ton of high-level experience to our team,” Parker said. “I look forward to working with someone with championship pedigree and who has a track record of strong leadership. Derek has been a strong supporter of women’s basketball for quite some time, so it’s nice to officially welcome him.”
Fisher will be the 12th head coach in Sparks history, which includes fellow former Laker Michael Cooper.
He fills the void created when Brian Agler, who reigned in November after four seasons, including leading Los Angeles to the WNBA championship in 2016. Alger also led the Seattle Storm to the 2010 WNBA title, making him the only coach in league history to win championships with two different franchises.
Fisher’s tenure as a head coach in the NBA did not go well, posting a 40-96 record in a bit more than a season and a half.
The Knicks went 17-65 in his first season at the helm in 2014-15 and was fired after 54 games in the 2015-16 season with New York standing 23-31.
Fisher, 44, played 18 seasons in the NBA, being part of five league championship teams with the Lakers.