Another day, another Carmelo Anthony update.
Today's, as the most credible ones usually do, comes from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Kevin Durant offered Carmelo Anthony a strong endorsement of Derek Fisher this week in L.A., where two stars have worked out, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Fisher, who signed on as the Knicks' new head coach this summer, spent the last three years of his career in Oklahoma City, proving crucial leadership for a relatively young Thunder team and mentored young point guards Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson. Durant's endorsement shouldn't come as a surprise, as in his MVP speech last month he spoke highly of the way Fisher pushed him to improve daily.
"I could see 'Fish,' just a button-up like a mayor, like a president, he just demands so much from his teammates," Durant said. "He's played with so many great players but still respects everybody. He's 38 years old and he has nothing else to prove. And I say, 'Fish, you want to come get some shots up with me?' And the first thing he says is yes. He always wants to learn. Even though he's done so much in this league, played with so many great players he always wants to learn. And that motivated me to know that there's never a point where you can stop getting better, and he's the one that made me realize that."
As a coach, Fisher would be that same driving force in Anthony's ear. It doesn't hurt that Phil Jackson pegged Fisher as the Knicks head coach exactly one month ago today. Fisher played a key role in the Lakers' three-peat from 2000 to 2002.
The Lakers became one of the three front runners for Anthony's services following the team's Thursday meeting with the seven-time All-Star. Multiple reports have linked Anthony to the Knicks and Bulls, too, and a decision could be nearing.
Durant was in Los Angeles when Anthony met with the Lakers, while Durant reportedly was part of the Thunder's recruiting pitch to free agent Pau Gasol.