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Since Derek Fisher’s hiring as head coach, New York Knicks Forward Amar’e Stoudemire has made it clear to the public what Fisher needs to do to make an impact as the new man in charge. To be successful, Stoudemire feels the five-time NBA champion needs to be an authoritative figure in the locker room next season, especially with the younger players they have on their roster.
"For the young players who are not as professional as they should be, I will look for him to put his foot down and really be firm about his teaching strategy and even for veteran players who don't want to buy into it, you got to put your foot down," said Stoudemire, reported by Newsday.
With the Knicks missing the playoffs last season and uncertain about the future of their superstar talent Carmelo Anthony, they need Derek Fisher to be firm with players. He needs to make a strong first impression. Stoudemire is confident that team president Phil Jackson made the right decision in attaining Fisher and that the combination of coach and president will do well.
“I think with Phil having his back, that gives him more of a role of sort of being a disciplinarian. Whatever Phil thinks works, I'm all with them and on board with it. Phil has a pedigree of winning and if he feels that's what's needed to win, then I'm down for it,” said Stoudemire, confirmed by Newsday.
According to ESPN, Stoudemire only averaged 11.9 points per game last season. However, the former all-star will do whatever is necessary to win for the Knicks moving forward and he seems to respect a winning resume Jackson and Fisher bring to the organization.