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Brooks says Thunder could re-sign Fisher, but don’t bet on it

Sep 20, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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Thunder coach Scott Brooks was being diplomatic, although there certainly is truth in coaches wanting proven leaders on their team.

And Derrick Fisher is a proven leader. He’s also a 38-year-old point guard without a contract. Fisher played with the Oklahoma City through the playoffs last year.

So, Brooks, is there a chance your team bring Fisher back for next season (via Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times)?

“There still is,” Brooks said. “Everything is still fluid.”

Very diplomatic. The fact is the Thunder have three point guards on the roster — Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor (who was injured through the playoffs last year) and Reggie Jackson. Maynor is a serious upgrade on the court over Fisher as a backup point guard right now.

Fisher is more likely to be a mid-season pickup by a playoff bound team that suffers injuries and is looking for a few minutes a game and a locker room presence. Not much more. His game doesn’t warrant much anymore.

But Brooks sounded like a coach when he praised Fisher (best known for his Lakers years) and what he brought to the team.

Derek Fisher, just being around him, I can tell why he’s loved by so many people and why the Lakers won so many championships,” Brooks said. “He puts everything he has into every possession, every practice and every game. In our practices, he is 37 and he did everything we asked, every drill and every possession. He practices every day. It was great. I don’t think we could’ve gone as far as we did without him. I thought he was terrific and I love him. I really have a lot of respect for him.”

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Good chance Fisher goes unsigned for a while.

    He’s probably not interested in signing with a non-contender at this point, and the contenders who would be most interested in his services, the Thunder and Lakers, aren’t likely to be calling any time soon given the state of their current rosters.

  2. tommy972 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    He hit some big shots for the thunder last playoffs.

  3. sdlakerfan - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Never under estimate the heart of a champion. Father time may have done his dirty deed but we will always love our 5 time champ in laker land. Pure class.

  4. omniusprime - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    If Fisher will take a big pay cut he can go play for the Lakers again and win another ring with Kobe. Anything to replace that deadbeat Steve Flake as a backup guard to Nash. At least Fisher plays defense, unlike Nash. I still hope the Lakers will find a better backup to Nash, one who is young and can play tough defense.

  5. jolink653 - Sep 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Getting a healthy Maynor back will be huge for this team…Fisher was a nice piece but Maynor is a much better player at this point in his career whereas Fisher, of course, is older and would probably be better off taking a coaching position somewhere

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