Mired in a 1-9 skid and with their playoff hopes rapidly fading, the New York Knicks fired Coach Derek Fisher on Monday.

Kurt Rambis was named the team’s interim head coach, but few expect him to hold that job past the season, what with his 56-145 record in three seasons as an NBA head coach.

The team’s recent run of misery had a hand in Fisher’s firing, but other factors were present. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the team was worried that Fisher wasn’t transitioning from the role of player to coach effectively in his first NBA head coaching job.

Fisher, who played for Knicks President Phil Jackson during their time with the Lakers, is yet another undistinguished leaf on Jackson’s coaching tree, going 40-96 in about one and a half seasons.

But that didn’t keep another former player of Jackson’s from campaigning for the job.