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Bill Clinton congratulates Derek Fisher on becoming Knicks coach

Lakers' Fisher speaks with former president Clinton outside the NBA Players Association meetings in New York

Lakers’ Fisher speaks with former president Clinton outside the NBA Players Association meetings in New York

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Phil Jackson, in the press conference to introduce the Knicks’ new coach, called Derek Fisher “hip-hop ready to get going with this group of guys and their language.”

I figure Jackson was talking about New York’s players, but apparently Bill Clinton shares Fisher’s dialect, too.

Regardless of political leaning, getting congratulated on a new job by a former President of the United States is pretty darn awesome.

Fisher, who was born in Arkansas, met Clinton – then the state’s governor – as a high schooler. Fisher went on to play at Arkansas-Little Rock and then in the NBA, and Clinton obviously moved to Washington. They reconvened in New York in 2011 as Fisher was negotiating during the NBA lockout, and they’ll share the city once again.

Want to discuss Fisher’s leadership credentials? It’s not being “hip-hop ready.” It’s being chummy with a former president.