Fisher's day: In at 6:30 a.m., out at 6:30 p.m.

New York Knicks rookie Travis Wear is trying to make his way in the NBA.

So in addition to spending time at the team's facility during practice, Wear is often on the court in the morning working on his craft. He also stays after practice to take extra shots.

And if the Knicks are off, he'll head to the facility to work out with a few other players.

Each time Ware sets foot in the facility, he sees the same set of faces: Derek Fisher and those of his coaching staff.

"They're in here all the time," Wear says.

Fisher has had to make several adjustments in his transition from championship player to rookie head coach.

Calling plays, setting lineups, implementing a new offense -- it's all new to Fisher, who is in his first days as Knicks head coach following an 18-year playing career.

Something else Fisher has had to get acclimated to? The schedule of a head coach.

There are outliers, but NBA players generally start their day in the mid-morning for practice, which usually lasts no more than three hours. Some players show up early, some stay late. But the hours required on a run-of-the-mill practice day aren't all that taxing.

For coaches, it's a different story.

"You basically see one time on the clock and the only thing that changes is the a.m. and p.m. So you see the 6:30 a.m. and you see the 6:30 p.m. and everything in between that is just a blur," Fisher says. "It’s one thing after another. But it’s been great though."

Fisher, who averaged 17.6 minutes per game with Oklahoma City last season, is still in impeccable shape. He's as trim and chiseled as he was in his playing days.

Heck, Fisher would surely be able to crack the Knicks' rotation if he were still in uniform. Not that he has any desire to do so.

Fisher says that he hasn't even been playing pickup since training camp started.

"No, no. That’s one thing I probably won’t do a lot of going forward," said Fisher, who will coach his second game at MSG on Monday. "I was very fortunate to, other than a right foot injury 14 or 15 years ago, [to have] no other major injuries during my career.

"And I am not going to injure myself seriously playing basketball after my basketball career, that’s for sure. So I might injure myself doing something else, but it won't be trying to hustle around playing pick up."

Fisher hasn't discarded all aspects of his life as an athlete, though.

He still spends time in the gym -- though he may not be as meticulous as he was during his playing days.

"Trying to keep the body active and alive and keep some muscle tone so it doesn’t disappear," Fisher says. "But you won't catch me out there after hours shooting pickup, that’s for sure."

An athlete's transition into retirement can sometimes be messy. There can be second thoughts, impulses to return to the field that are hard to ignore (Brett Favre and Roger Clemens to name two examples).

But Fisher, who retired in May and agreed a few weeks later to a five-year, $25 million contract to coach the Knicks, so far looks completely at ease with his decision.

"My body feels great, that's for sure," Fisher says with a smile. "Maybe not [getting] as much sleep [as a coach]. But my body feels absolutely wonderful and to be able to say on that on Oct. 19, that's a pretty good feeling.

"I'm not longing for doing everything that these guys [players] are doing on a daily basis. If I had made that choice, I would be loving every minute of it. I made the choice to be right here where I am and I'm enjoying every minute of this as well," Fisher says. "No time to really think about what else I could have been doing, it’s all about this job."

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