The head coach, and general manager of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Derek Fisher received his termination on Tuesday.
After an unsatisfactory 5-7 start to a season, Derek Fisher and the Sparks have discussed and agreed to cross paths.
Fisher’s temporary substitute on the line will be assistant coach, Fred Williams, according to the Sparks. The organization announced that it will start looking for a new general manager right away. Williams is recently hired as the Auburn women’s basketball team’s assistant head coach. On Saturday, the Sparks will face the Las Vegas Aces.
Eric Holoman responded
Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman said in a statement:
“On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank Derek for his efforts and contributions to the Sparks franchise. We wish him the best moving forward. I have full confidence in Fred Williams to step into the role of interim head coach, bringing a wealth of experience leading WNBA teams.”
With his function as general manager, Fisher created a great team in the hopes of avenging the franchise’s first playoff season since 2011. The Sparks were among the most exciting teams in the league, particularly after opening the season with back-to-back road games. Sparks included new talents such as center Liz Cambage and point guard Jordin Canada partnering with 11-year veteran forward Nneka Ogwumike. Despite their addition, Los Angeles could only make it to 5-7 and ranked eighth in the standings.
Fisher was appointed before the 2019 season and had a 54-46 career record in three seasons with the Sparks. Throughout his reign, the squad made the playoffs twice, however, they went 1-4 in each of those outings. Fisher who managed to win five NBA titles for Los Angeles Lakers has worked as the head coach of the New York Knicks.