Former Nicks coach Derek Fisher breaks silence on Matt Barnes love triangle, not why fired

Former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher has broken his silence about being fired from the NBA team and the infamous incident with his ex-teammate Matt Barnes.

In a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron, Fisher explains his side of the story in which he takes no blame for being fired or for coming to blows with Barnes over his estranged wife, Gloria Govan, whom he is dating.

Last October, Fisher and Barnes had an altercation at the Govan’s home in Los Angeles. After the incident, Barnes was suspended for two games by the NBA and was fined $35,000 by the NBA in January for making several controversial comments about Fisher prior to a game.

In explaining his relationship with the Basketball Wives Los Angeles star, Fisher wrote that Govan and the Memphis Grizzlies forward had long been separated when they started dating.

Derek Fisher (above) has broken his silence about being fired from the Knicks  He has also explained his side of the story regarding the infamous incident with his ex-teammate Matt Barnes (above)

In addition, he claims that he ‘barely knew’ Barnes when they were teammates for two NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

‘Matt and Gloria were not trying to work things out, and I certainly wasn’t seeing her behind Matt’s back or in secret,’ Fisher wrote.

‘The relationship wasn’t something I was trying to publicize, but it also wasn’t something I was trying to hide, either. There was no reason to.’

Of the incident in October, Fisher explained that Barnes showed up at Govan’s home ‘unannounced’ while he was there.

‘I don’t know what was going through Matt’s mind that day in October when he showed up unannounced at Gloria’s house, and started swinging,’ Fisher wrote.

Fisher wrote: 'Matt and Gloria were not trying to work things out, and I certainly wasn’t seeing her behind Matt’s back or in secret.' Above Fisher and Govan are pictured together in 2014

‘I didn’t retaliate. No one who was there did anything but try to get him to calm down, particularly because Matt and Gloria’s children were present. There was no fight.

‘That’s it. There’s nothing more to what happened than that.’

He added that he wished the incident had not become public knowledge.

‘As far as I was concerned, it was something I was willing to let pass, and as an NBA head coach, I was more than aware that actions off the court might reflect upon many others beyond just me,’ Fisher wrote.

‘Then suddenly, the story of a ‘fight’ leaked to the media. I’ll let you speculate on who leaked it and why, and the nature of their character. My reputation speaks for itself.’

In terms of him losing his job as head coach for the Knicks, Fisher claims that it had nothing to do with his personal life, noting that he is tired of people speculating or starting rumors.

‘I want to make sure my voice is now heard. I want to let people know that you can’t just make things up and get away with it. I want to set a few things straight,’ he wrote.

‘First, let’s address this idea that I lost my job because of certain ‘character’ or ‘integrity’ issues. Not only is any such insinuation untrue, it’s downright offensive.

‘The reality is that NBA coaches get fired for all sorts of different reasons. Coaches that have been at it much longer than I have — and have been far more successful than I was — have been fired.’

He added that the conversation he had with the Knicks’ organization about being let go was ‘short’ and that he was informed things weren’t working out the way they wanted, as the team was 1-9 at the time he was fired.

‘At no time did anyone at that meeting express to me that stories about my personal life were distracting from the collective task at hand, or — more important — that any of my players had expressed to management that they had lost confidence in me as their coach,’ Fisher wrote.

‘Nothing remotely like that was ever brought up or discussed.’

Fisher concludes the essay by writing he is not sure what his future holds, but that he’s ‘excited about the journey.’

Barnes has yet to comment about Fisher’s essay.

Source: The DailyMail

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