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Derek Fisher stays upbeat as first-year coach of beat-up Knicks
Derek Fisher stays upbeat as first-year coach of beat-up Knicks

Derek Fisher stood expressionless on the Staples Center sideline for most of another dreary afternoon. His hands were usually buried in his pockets, emerging only to greet his players with encouraging pats or high-fives. It almost felt as if Fisher had to be watching another game. His New York Knicks are an abomination of an NBA team, losers of nine straight games and owners of a 5-29 record after a 99-78 setback against the Clippers on Wednesday. The numbers didn't seem to bother Fisher. The rookie coach shared a laugh with rookie forward Travis Wear near the scorer's table with the Knicks down by 18 points late in the game. "It's been difficult," Fisher...

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