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Los Angeles Sparks Hire Derek Fisher As Head Coach

Los Angeles Sparks Hire Derek Fisher As Head Coach

The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA have hired Derek Fisher as head coach, league sources tell ESPN.

Derek Fisher was 40-96 in two seasons as the coach of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. He was hired in 2014, but was sacked less than two seasons into a five-year deal.

Fisher served as head coach of the Knicks from 2014 to 2016, during which he went 40-96 before being fired in the middle of the 2015-16 season.

Fisher will be the 12th head coach in Sparks history, which includes fellow former Laker Michael Cooper. Agler had an 85-51 record with the Sparks and led the team to the 2016 WNBA championship.

Fisher, 44, helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five National Basketball Association titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players' union. He spent time with the Lakers (13 seasons), Thunder (three seasons), Warriors (two seasons), Jazz (one season) and Mavericks (one season).

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The former National Basketball Association player and coach will be introduced at a news conference on Friday.

The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned.

"Derek is a champion and proven leader on and off the court", Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler said.

This is the first-time he has been a coach of a WNBA franchise.