The New York Knicks fired Derek Fisher on Monday, this after a 23-31 start to the season.
The Knicks showed great improvement after going 17-65 last season. They started 22-22 but had lost five straight and nine of 10. Phil Jackson decided a change was necessary, as Fisher, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers, was reportedly not making an effective transition from player to coach.
“I think that Derek Fisher looked a little bit tired in his face and it was time for him (to go),” Latvian rapper Edzus Kaukulis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I think all season he looked tired. It looks like he really wanted to change jobs. I think this is a good reason for (Jackson to let him go). I hope that maybe they will (hire) Dennis Rodman. I heard he also wanted to go there.”
Yes, Kaukulis, who wrote a song about Porzingis last summer, believes that Rodman would make a fine NBA coach.
“Why not?” he asked. “Why not? Sorry, maybe the best coach would be (Porzingis’) mother because I heard that she was coaching children in Latvia. Maybe she could do this.”
Porzingis, 20, was a polarizing pick in last year’s NBA Draft. Many analysts considered him a project, someone who wouldn’t be able to contribute for several years.
They were wrong. Porzingis is averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks through 53 games this season.
“This is his first year and he’s doing really, really good,” Kaukulis said. “I don’t think that anything that is going on, I don’t think it will bother him. He will just do his job. He’s pretty good at it. I don’t worry about him, and I (don’t think the Latvian fans do, either).”
Kaukulis said that Porzingis’ success has spawned a “new beginning” for basketball in Latvia.
“I know a lot of youngsters, they are choosing to play basketball – not football or any other sports,” he said. “I think it’s growing. Basketball is growing thanks to Porzingis. All the news, all the media, are just about Porzingis every day. Every day we get all the information about him, so it’s a good thing for Latvia and for basketball.”