College - Arkansas-Little Rock

Derek Fisher, named 26th head coach in New York Knicks franchise history on June 10, 2014, is a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010). He recently retired after an 18-year playing career with Los Angeles, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Oklahoma City, finishing 16th on the NBA’s all-time regular season games played list (1,287) and first in playoff game appearances (259). He averaged 8.3 points and 3.0 assists over 25.4 minutes during regular-season play, including a 5.2-scoring average in 81 games for the Thunder this past season.

The 39-year-old Little Rock, AR native won five NBA championships as the starting point guard of Jackson’s team in Los Angeles during the 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 Championship playoff runs, and also won a fifth ring serving as a key reserve in the 2000 title run. Fisher authored one of the more exciting moments in NBA Playoff history hitting the game-winning shot with :00.4 left in a Game Five win over San Antonio during the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals.

Fisher served as president of the National Basketball Player’s Association from 2006-13 and played a pivotal role in ending the 2011 NBA lockout. He played four seasons at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and was originally selected by the Lakers in the first round (24th overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft.