Derek Fisher Lands New Head Coaching Gig

Former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher looks on during a game against the Atlanta Hawks

The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA have hired Derek Fisher as head coach, sources told ESPN.

"I'm excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks", Fisher said.

Derek Fisher, still beloved in Los Angeles as a Lakers' point guard who helped the team to five championships, has been named the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

The 60-year-old Agler resigned last Friday, prompting what the team announced at the time as a "comprehensive search" for a successor. He is the winningest coach in WNBA history.

Two years ago, Agler guided the team to the WNBA Championship in 2016. The Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 75-68, in the first round of the playoffs, then lost to the Washington Mystics, 96-64, in the second round. Agler also coached the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2010.

In his National Basketball Association career, he scored 10,713 points, 2,658 rebounds, and 3,804 assists. He was part of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2007 through 2012.

Fisher, 44, helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five National Basketball Association titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players' union.

Fisher began his coaching career in 2014, immediately after the end of his playing career.