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Mark Cuban’s sarcastic response to Derek Fisher’s leaving

Feb 27, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe AP

Derek Fisher will take the court in an Oklahoma City Thunder uniform Wednesday night. Again.

He started the season and played nine games for the Dallas Mavericks when he tweaked his knee. He then asked out of his contract to rehab back home with his family in Los Angeles, and the player-friendly Mavericks obliged.

But Fisher said by Jan. 1 he felt he could probably play again and started working out. But he didn’t call the Mavs back, he waited until the contending Thunder gave him a call and signed there. Executives from Dallas, a team that has had point guard depth issues, were less than thrilled.

Mark Cuban went the sarcasm route Tuesday speaking with the Dallas Morning News, discussing the two months Fisher was home with his family before his NBA return.

“Look, I understand completely,” Cuban said. “From the time Derek was here to his signing with OKC, his kids are older, they can deal with things better. So I understand him having more comfort in being away from them.”

Fisher is back in OKC, but if you see a lot of him on the court the rest of this season and in the playoffs it’s a bad sign for the Thunder. Fisher is a body on the bench, but he’s no longer the answer to any question a team may have.

  1. jjared1101 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Fisher actually asked for his release from the Mavs BEFORE he injured his knee. His excuse was not to rehab with his family but to be with them outright to spend more time with them. Knee injury just happened to occur before they settled on the release.

    • tampajoey - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Well I’m glad Fisher got to spend some time with his family over those 2 months and didn’t have to wait a couple weeks until the off season.

  2. kavika6 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I used to have respect for the Thunder.

    • pellypell - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Their hearts are aching now that you don’t.

    • LA_RichSprts - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      wait, why is this OKC’s fault?

  3. mazblast - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I’m a huge Mark Cuban fan. Anyone who has the guts to call out David Stern for how The Troll runs the league is aces in my book, especially since he gets so much pleasure out of tweeking Little Caesar.

    That said, despite the cleverness of what he said, IMO Cuban would have been far better off saying little or nothing. A simple, “Have a nice life”, “So what?”, or “Who?” would have sufficed.

    • dko83 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      I’m with you man. Not a Mavs fan at all, though I will always be grateful for what they did to Miami and LA. But Cuban is fearless, usually right on the money with whatever he says, and a thorn in Stern’s side, for that we should all be grateful for an owner in the NBA like that.

  4. jessethegreat - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Passive aggressive lately? Why does Cuban always try so hard to get under peoples skin?

    We get it. You have more money than the rest of us. That’s no reason to try to make everyone hate you!

  5. jesuslovesthelakers - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Haha cubans jus a hater!! Keep drinking that hater raid (-:

    • jameskocian - May 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Dear Jesus,
      I feel sure the expression is, “hater-ade.” A tweak on the classic sports drink, “gatorade.” That’s why people are admonished to continue drinking it.

      But then again, who am I to correct You?

  6. claymatthewshairplugs - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Why is this a big deal? fisher is horrible now, basically a statue on defense. I know people who are 80 and could probably run past him.

    • zerole00 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      It’s about respect and etiquette, something the Mavericks showed Fisher and something he didn’t show in response by at least giving them a head’s up.

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        please send me a cc on the heads up memo, I missed that one.

  7. eugenesaxe - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    He didn’t leave, he was released. Cuban has no place being upset.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      He was released because he requested to be, the Mavs wanted to help with rehab.

  8. aboogy123456 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I will always view Fisher as a laker and have nothing but respect for him even though he’s on the Thunder. Cuban, how does it feel to get effed by a Laker now for the second time in a week?

  9. fm31970 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Didn’t Fisher have one of the worst PERs when he last played with the Thunder? I think I would’ve kept Maynor instead. OKC is not a title contender with Derek Fisher as their backup PG.

  10. canadatude - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    This is two strikes on Fischer. He did this before when he joined the Lakers. Players who opt out of their contracts should be barred from playing in the league until the original contract expires.

    • paleihe - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Cause his daughter had eye cancer and the doctors weren’t available in Utah. Yeah, let’s really punish the guy for that.

      • stinkfingers - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        There is a pretty highly rated childrens cancer center in Salt Lake City…. His daughters cancer is just the excuse he used.. Much like his knee injury this time around.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      go back to your country with those crazy rules.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      dude, go back to your country with that crazy rule.

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      I’ve never understood why players are expected to show a type of loyalty to teams that is not expected back from teams to players.

  11. kb2408 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Former LAKERS shouldn’t play for Dallas anyway. After playing for the LAKERS why settle for playing for a franchise that wins a title every 20-25 years?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Is that you, LL?

  12. tibbs7 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I may have been slow to realize but Laker fan = Hater fan.

    It seems like I have to read about a Laker fan (possibly from LA) going off on somebody everyday.

  13. pmpott - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    “Fisher is back in OKC, but if you see a lot of him on the court the rest of this season and in the playoffs it’s a bad sign for the Thunder.”

    Do you guys just cut and paste this sentence into every Derek Fisher post?

  14. kb2408 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Yeah, and LAKERS fans gotta put up with stupid comments from Cuban seemingly a few times each season. Not to mention the stupidity and hate coming from fans of “lesser” franchises.

    • tibbs7 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:58 PM


      Your mamma must be proud.

  15. stinkfingers - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Fisher also used his family as an excuse to get out of his contract with the Utah Jazz to resign with the Lakers a few years back.

    The guy is a punk. If he don’t have a chance at a championship, he’s taking his ball and going home.

  16. kregaway - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Fisher is a ring chaser period. Wanna be big shot rob. Dude has no conscious, completely dishonest. Cuban wouldn’t have made the comment without prob getting a sob story from fisher in order to be granted the release. Fisher = Fraud

  17. kb2408 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Dude, really, is that the best you got? And answer me this, what does ANY LAKERS fan have to hate on another franchise for? The only franchise that’s even remotely on the LAKERS level is the Celtics. And most of their titles were won before most of us on here were born.

  18. kb2408 - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    kregaway = uninformed idiot.

  19. kregaway - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Uninformed. I am well informed. Quit being such a laker homer and realize the kind of person fisher is. Did the players union not have character doubts about the guy? He is a shady guy. That is not a statement, it’s a fact.

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