Kevin Durant backs Derek Fisher for coaching role

Derek Fisher #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2014
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant believes that teammate Derek Fisher would do a "great job" as a coach in the NBA.

Kevin Durant has said that his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Derek Fisher would do a "great job" if he were hired as a coach by an NBA team.

The veteran point guard is coming to the end of his contract with the Thunder, and has been linked to the coaching vacancy at the New York Knicks.

The MVP told the New York Post: "Without a doubt. He's a smart guy, smart mind. He's a great motivator, great speaker and can really relate to a lot of guys and demands that respect from everybody. He's a great locker room guy. I'm sure he'll do a great job.

"He's unique, one-of-a-kind. The only guy I ever played with who can address the team in a way as a leader. He's able to address the team more so than anybody I played with, and he backs it up on the court, too."

Fisher, who will turn 40 before the start of the 2014-15 season, announced before the start of the current campaign that this would be his final playing season.

Derek Fisher #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2014
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