This is a human being we are talking about, not some pawn in a game.” Looks like Govan is deciding to spend quality time with the unemployed Fisher, and letting Barnes be damned.Knicks coach Derek Fisher was involved in an altercation with Memphis Grizzlies forward and former teammate Matt Barnes in California on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the details said.Fisher missed practice Monday — the team announced at the time it was for personal reasons — and led the Knicks in their exhibition opener Wednesday night against a Brazilian club team."My state of mind is that we have a game tonight and nothing that I’ve experienced has anything to do with how we perform tonight," Fisher said before the game, adding that he was "completely focused and committed to the team." "I’m not distracted in any way," he said.He re-signed with them in the off-season and played in a team-high 81 regular-season games for the team in 2013–14.
“Derek was in Gloria’s back yard with about 10 people having a bonfire on Saturday,” said a source.
He most recently served as the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played professionally in the NBA for 18 seasons, spending the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won five NBA championships.
Selected by the Lakers with the 24th pick in the 1996 NBA draft, he spent his first eight seasons with the franchise, winning three consecutive league championships (2000–2002) with teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and coach Phil Jackson.
After the 2003–04 NBA season, he signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, later being traded to the Utah Jazz, whom he helped lead to the Western Conference finals.