Derek Fisher joins L.A. Sparks as head coach

Derek Fisher joins L.A. Sparks as head coach
The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA have hired Derek Fisher as head coach, the team announced Wednesday. Fisher, a five-time NBA champion player and former head coach of the New York Knicks, will be introduced at a news conference on Friday in Los Angeles. "I'm excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks," Fisher said in a statement. "There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can't wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand -- and deserve." Fisher, 44, will inherit a team that includes two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker. "Derek is a great basketball mind who brings a ton of high-level experience to our team," Parker said. "I look forward to working with someone with championship pedigree and who has a track record of strong leadership. Derek has been a strong supporter of women's basketball for quite some time, so it's...