Derek Fisher is the new coach of the Sparks

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Fisher, 44, spent 18 years as an National Basketball Association player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

Fisher had no previous head-coaching experience before then-team president Phil Jackson hired him on to rectify the struggling NY franchise. Fisher was let go midway through the 2015-16 season after managing just a 40-96 overall record. Fisher replaces Brian Agler. He is the winningest coach in WNBA history.

Agler guided LA to the 2016 WNBA title and had an 85-51 record with the Sparks in four seasons. Agler also coached the Seattle Storm to a championship in 2010.

The 44-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native last coached in 2016 with the Knocks.

According to ESPN basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Fisher has been hired as head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

He went 17-65 in his first full season as head coach. He averaged 8.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.

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.

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