Apr 6, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (left) talks with forward Kevin Durant (35) against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Thunder 122-115. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Fisher As New York Knicks Coach Will Help The Houston Rockets


On Tuesday, June 10th, Derek Fisher was announced as the new head coach of the New York Knicks. What does this mean for the Houston Rockets? Well, Derek Fisher is one of the most respected, high character, individuals in the league but provides no prior coaching experience. Fisher is a leader of men but will have to lead those men without Carmelo Anthony.

Mar. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) on the court against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony wants to win and he wants to win now. After 10 years in the NBA, and not even a finals appearance, Carmelo is tired of losing. Hiring a coach with no experience and the task of implementing the complex triangle offense, it will take time and patience to make the Knicks a winner. Derek Fisher will most likely have a long leash in New York, as his mentor and boss is former coach, Phil Jackson. Knicks fans better be ready for a long rebuilding process as the Knicks have very limited options due to their financial salary cap problem.

Carmelo has very few options when it comes to free agency. The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the three teams most likely to pursue his services.

The Lakers of today are an embarrassment, and the health of Kobe Bryant is still up in the air. If Carmelo decided to go to Los Angeles, it would be very reminiscent of the New York situation as he would be waiting for the summer of 2015 for the likes of Kevin Love to team up. But as I said before, Carmelo wants to win now, making Los Angeles a long shot.

The Chicago Bulls are in a better situation than LA, personnel wise, but they too have the health of their superstar in question. Former MVP Derrick Rose, has not played NBA basketball in almost two years now. The Bulls are an excellent defensive with struggles on the offensive end, so Carmelo could definitely help out that situation. However, Tom Thibodeau, is known for overplaying his players and wearing them down by the time it gets to the playoffs. A defensive genius, Thibodeau would likely clash with Anthony, causing friction. The uncertainty of Derrick Rose and the possibility of bumping heads with the head coach, makes the Bulls a better option than LA but still unlikely.

The Houston Rockets have everything that Carmelo needs. James Harden and Dwight Howard are both stars ready for a championship.

Harden showed signs of brilliance on the offensive end this season. His slashing ability would be a perfect mix with Carmelo’s shooting stroke. Carmelo plays best with other stars. Do you remember his shooting on display during the 2012 Olympics. Straight fire. He put on a show. Harden was also was named an All-star as a starter for the first time in his career as well, and he is more than willing to pass to a Carmelo on the wing.

To make the deal even sweeter, Dwight Howard will be there as well. In Howard’s first season with the Rockets he showed spurts as a dominant force that he was in Orlando. Howard and Harden are far better than any teammate Carmelo has ever had in Denver and New York. Dwight Howard closed the 2013-14 season with 19.1 points per game, 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on average. Howard will be even better next season as he knows what he is expected to do as a Houston Rocket next season. He was named as an All-Star as well, and for the most part looked to play well with Harden this season as the future is bright for the two of them.

Putting the three together is something Carmelo will take a nice long look at before making a decision next season.

Derek Fisher is an interesting choice for the Knicks and I don’t think it will be enough to help keep Carmelo in New York. I believe becoming a Houston Rocket is what Carmelo wants as they have the better chance of winning a championship than the Lakers, Bulls, and Fisher’s Knicks.

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  • Bill Mcintyre

    #FreeLin

    • MH5

      He’s about to get traded no worries!

  • Shawn Rakar

    My ass, Carmelo would actually be better in Chicago. Melo is an offensive powerhouse and Chicago has the defense for him to shine. With Melo, the Bulls would be the only team in the Eastern conference that could actually BEAT Miami like the Spurs are currently doing.

    In Houston, the only person really playing defense is Dwight Howard. Harden is horrible as a defensive player as well as Parsons, Lin, and Beverly. Asik & Howard are really the only people that could play defense. If Houston couldn’t stop Portland, of all teams, with their offensive skill. Melo would not be getting a ring if he went to Houston, they can’t beat the Spurs OR OKC but would at least make it far in the postseason. If Melo goes to the Bulls, he’s almost guarenteed a ring next season!

    • Mike

      The Rockets stomped the Spurs last season, while the Bulls struggled against a young Wizards team in the playoffs and they’re expected to “guarantee” a ring? I see delusion still exists in Chicago.

      • Shawn Rakar

        1.) the Rockets couldn’t even stop Portland in post season play; I HIGHLY doubt the Rockets could beat the Spurs in their postseason. The only way the Melo to Rockets trade would make any sense is if Harden is traded away for Melo and Houston gets a better point guard. To even get Melo, Houston would have to trade Asik and Lin and Asik is basically the other half of Houston’s defense. Harden plays ZERO defense; to the point where he WATCHES people take the rock to the paint for 2.

        2.)You obviously don’t keep up with the East Coast play or even the Bulls to understand why the struggle is real. Chicago basically threw this post season to focus on the upcoming season. Melo would fill in the offensive gap that Chicago desperately needs and in turn Chicago’s role players would play enough defense for Melo to consistently score points AND Melo can shoot 3′s; another trait Chicago desperately needs right now. Melo to the Bulls current roster will stop Miami’s Big 3 and give the 2013-2014 Spurs a serious run for their money!

        • Shawn Rakar

          Here’s a link to a video of Harden’s defensive performance this 2013-2014 year. Watch him just stand there and watch other people score on him!

          • MH5

            Harden is awful on defense I give you that

          • Shawn Rakar

            it’s painful to watch!

          • MH5

            If he wants to take his game to the next level, he needs to focus on his defense.

          • Shawn Rakar

            “Defense” has always been his issue. Ever wondered why OKC didn’t want to pay him what he was asking for? Ever wondered why Westbrook started more then Harden? It’s because Harden can’t grasp the concept of “D.” This is why I feel if Houston wants Melo, they need to trade Harden to do it. Melo don’t really play “D” but his offensive skill is 20 times better then Harden’s!

          • MH5

            Westbrook and Harden play two different positions. Thabo Sefolosha started over Harden for defensive purposes for sure. The Rockets are not going to part ways with Harden for the Melo. They will part ways with Harden if it meant getting LeBron and Melo to pair with Dwight. That is extremely unlikely though.

          • Shawn Rakar

            I thought Harden was point/1.
            But yeah, Melo and Bron in Houston is a fairy tale.
            now Rockets going after Bosh, they offering too much cash to him BUT Bosh and Howard would be a good duo!

          • MH5

            I completely agree Bosh would be a great fit for the Rockets! Check this article out!

            http://houseofhouston.com/2014/07/07/three-reasons-chris-bosh-perfect-houston-rockets/

          • Shawn Rakar

            That’s actually a very good article because it actually address the positive light of the possible duo of Howard and Bosh as well as addressing James Harden as the “Mr.Offense No Defense.” Yeah, Bosh wants to play with LeBron but if he’s smart, he might as well go to Houston and start anew. The funny part about that is if Bosh goes to Houston, that will probably lock LeBron into staying in Miami for an extra year so he could try to go to the Knicks a year later.

          • MH5

            I appreciate the support man! Thanks! I don’t think LeBron will sign a short term deal though I could be wrong though. I guess the only person who knows that answer is LeBron himself

          • Shawn Rakar

            no prob on the support

            LBJ is rumored for Cleveland but I really can’t see it happening unless he’s doing a move like that for his family. Then it’s understandable.

        • MH5

          The Rockets are freeing up the space to try to get Melo not sure if it’s going to happen or not. The Knicks can offer him that 5 year $129 million contract. Chicago is a real option for Melo, not sure what he’s going to do

          • Shawn Rakar

            As of Thursday, I feel Melo’s staying in New York. Phil & company flew to LA on the 4th and had their meeting with Melo with the max contract offer. 25.6m a year for five years IS a lot to leave on the table, too! The thing is, Melo probably flew home with NY’s staff which would mean they were in his ear the whole way home.

            Melo did kind of pigeonholed himself, though, because if he takes the money, it would seem like he twisted Phil’s hand to pay him the max. If Melo really wants to win a ring NOW, he’ll come to Chicago. If he takes the money, I’m not going to blame him AND the Bulls will still be alright because of all the season moves we have been making so far.

          • MH5

            The Knicks are the frontrunners right now, but apparently the Lakers have put themselves into contention too. It’s interesting because star players want maximum contracts yet complain about talent around them.
            If you give a player a max contract, you are severley limiting your financials, which could be used to sign others.
            At this point I honestly don’t know what Melo is going to do so we will just have to wait and see.

            Chicago does need offense badly.

          • Shawn Rakar

            Chicago did address this issue of offense. If Chicago don’t get Melo, expect them to sign over Mirotec and IF we do get A star before trade deadline ends, expect Boozer to be amnestied for that to happen. I totally agree with what you said about the Knicks and the Lakers but I, personally, don’t see Melo going to New York. He can always go to LA if he wants to because he owns a home there AND quite simply, the Knicks are offering WAY more money!!!!! Also, the Knicks FO has it “more together” then the Lakers FO.

          • MH5

            How? By getting Doug McDermott? We have to see how effective and how many minutes he’ll actually get. I do expect Boozer to be amnestied as well. Reports are saying LA is a strong possibly we have to wait and see.

          • Shawn Rakar

            by brining in Mirotec if all else fails. McDermott & Baristow still have to prove themselves but Nikola Mirotec is the real deal.

          • MH5

            I’ve heard a lot about Mirotic would love to see him live!

          • Shawn Rakar

            He needs to bulk up if he wants to become more dominate in the paint BUT I do have to say that this scouting video gives me high hopes for him!

      • MH5

        The Rockets won in the regular season, weren’t good enough to play them when it actually mattered in the playoffs. The Wizards aren’t bad up and coming. I’m interested to see what they do with Trevor Ariza and what they do next season as Bradley Beal and John wall continue to grow.

    • MH5

      I don’t know about the guaranteed ring thing man. That might be a stretch. They would be a better team but you still don’t know about the health of Rose.

      • Shawn Rakar

        Rose’s last injury is the same as what Westbrook has went through. If there should be any doubts about Rose, it should be for this season upcoming IF HE HAS another leg injury. Three times a charm in that book but Rose is definitely worth the gamble.

        • MH5

          I have little faith in Derrick Rose’s durability. He hasn’t played a full season the three years. I don’t understand how that is a good gamble for Carmelo.

          • Shawn Rakar

            Because Rose isn’t the only offensive answer this season coming up. The Bulls actually drafted pretty well on that end; granted, it’s a gamble to hope on the rookies. But Gibson, Butler, and Noah’s contributed offense in the past two seasons proves that the Bulls know how to adjust offensively and with Rose back healthy, he won’t have any complaints unless he can’t play with the current roster, which I don’t believe is an issue as of now.

          • MH5

            I do like Jimmy Butler. I thought they Orlando Magic where going to pull the trigger on the trade for Boozer, sending Afflalo to Chicago. Didn’t happen but that would have made me for confident in the Bulls offense.

          • Shawn Rakar

            I thought it was a sure thing Afflalo was coming to Chicago as well!
            Denver went straight up gangster with that trade with Orlando and made out!

          • MH5

            Denver got a great deal for Afflalo let’s see if they can get back to the playoffs or not

          • Shawn Rakar

            If Afflalo keeps progressing in skill, they would have a good chance but a tough road.

          • MH5

            Yeah the West is way too tough to say a team like the Nuggets are going to make the playoffs. Not sure if they have enough firepower yet

          • Shawn Rakar

            Nuggets have a squad but they aren’t there yet.