Los Angeles Lakers: Corliss Williamson

Derek Fisher shares thoughts on a possible coaching career

March, 14, 2010
3/14/10
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Derek Fisher and 2001-2002 Sixth Man of the Year Corliss Williamson are Arkansas natives and longtime friends. Thus, upon reading about Big Nasty taking over Central Arkansas's basketball program, we decided to get Fish's thoughts after Sunday's practice on his buddy's good fortunes and the possibility of coaching after his playing career eventually winds down. Given that Fisher plans to continue playing after this season ends (and he becomes free agent), such decisions are hardly pressing, but nonetheless intriguing.

As always, Fish provided some interesting perspective.

Andrew Kamenetzky: What was your reaction when you heard about Corliss getting hired?

Derek Fisher (smiles): I just told him to leave a seat open for me, just in case things don't go well for me in July (when free agency talks begin). Nah, I just congratulated him basically. I knew he was serious about coaching but when you take a head coaching at just about any NCAA institution now, that's a 24/7 commitment.

AK: Whenever GM's or players are polled about current players who'd make the best coaches, your name is always among the leading vote-getters. I know you're not close to calling it a career, but is that something you've thought about?

DF: Yeah, I think about a number of different things that I feel like I enjoy doing and could be committed to and passionate about doing. That's probably what would be the most important thing in terms of the impact of my decision regarding what I do after I'm done. Yeah, those are the things that cross my mind.

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