Fisher is hired as new Sparks head coach

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Blake Richard­son, Los An­ge­les Times

LOS AN­GE­LES — For­mer Los An­ge­les Lak­ers point guard Derek Fisher has been hired as head coach of the Los An­ge­les Sparks, the team an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Fisher, who helped the Lak­ers win five NBA ti­tles, coached the New York Knicks from 2014 to 2016. He played for the Lak­ers in 12 of his first 14 sea­sons be­fore be­ing traded to the Hous­ton Rock­ets in the 2011-12 sea­son.

“I am thrilled to name Derek Fisher our next head coach,” said Penny Toler, the Sparks’ ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, in a state­ment re­leased by the team. “Derek is a cham­pion and proven leader on and off the court. With his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence as a for­mer player and head coach, I can’t think of a bet­ter stew­ard for our bas­ket­ball team mov­ing for­ward.”

Fisher will hold a news con­fer­ence Fri­day, the Sparks an­nounced.

“I’m ex­cited to be the new head coach of the L.A. 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 L.A. bas­ket­ball fans de­mand — and de­serve.”

The Sparks an­nounced Fri­day that Brian Agler re­signed as coach after four sea­sons with the team.

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