New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was handed a $25,000 fine by the NBA Monday for a tampering violation.
During a press conference last week, Jackson publicly expressed interest in veteran Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher as a candidate to fill the Knicks’ vacant coaching position left by Mike Woodson, who was fired in April.
Fisher was still under contract with the Thunder and competing in the Western Conference Finals at the time.
ESPN was the first to report the penalty, which NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed later on Monday. The violation of the league’s anti-tampering policy was released in a league-wide memo to each team.
Fisher played 10 seasons under Jackson when the latter was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2011.