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Report: Derek Fisher plans to retire after upcoming season

Jul 26, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

Derek Fisher

One more go around, then Derek Fisher is done.

Fisher has been a shell of his former self for a few years now on the court but has hit enough threes and been good enough in the locker room that he keeps getting deals. That includes one for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But after that the guard who will turn 39 before the start of the season is going to call it a day, reports

It will be Fisher’s 18th season in the league, and he enters it with the intention that it will be his last, the source said.

Fisher will be entering his 18th NBA season. While he’s not a great player anymore he will have an impressive playing resume that includes five NBA titles and a host of memorable moments. Fisher was always a smart but fearless shooter, and while that led to some questionable choices at points it also led to him being one guy who never got tight and had the same stroke with the game on the line as he did in the second quarter. There’s a reason Kobe Bryant liked and trusted him.

When his playing days are over, Fisher can pretty much write his own ticket: I could see him as head of the players’ union, as a politician, as a broadcaster, working for the league office, pretty much anything. He’s smart and he’s a natural leader, he can succeed at a lot of different things.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I’ll always remember him for 0.4, even though he frustrated me to no end in some of his later seasons. Great career and good luck to him in his swan song with OKC.

  2. reesesteel23 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    He’s trying to pull a Jkidd and take Scott Brooks job

    • jackntorres - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Wouldn’t pulling a Jkidd mean going back to coach a team for which you used to play, not the team for which you last played? In other words, see ya D’Antoni.

  3. rushbacker - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    He’ll keep his options open in case a better offer comes along, though.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    At this point, I won’t believe it till it actually happens. Go Fish!

  5. pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Tell that to the Mavs

  6. timb12 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Lets see if his daughter has other plans…

    There’s no mischievous smile on here….but there should be.

  7. trueballs - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Kurt, I know news is slow this time of year, but stop recycling old stories from 2010

  8. shockexchange - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Free Billy Hunter son.

  9. dspears06 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Good riddance

  10. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Good riddance.

  11. adoombray - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    He’s gonna play for one more year and by the time the next season is concluded the Billy Hunter lawsuits will be over. New Commissioner and new Union head at the same time. He won the power struggle vs. Hunter and I would be completely shocked if he doesn’t have the power transition to head of the union completely planned out already

  12. kb2408 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Absolutely one of my favorite LAKERS of all time!! So many big shots in pressure moments. The prime example of a marginal player who worked extremely hard to make himself an above average player. His jersey should hang in the rafters of the Staples. He contributed greatly to the LAKERS last five titles and especially the last two.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Hell yeah it should! I don’t see it happening, but it should. It’s not like I’m asking for a statue, but the Lakers have been very, very selective with the jerseys that hang.

    • adoombray - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      and he’s still a better player than Mike Miller

  13. floridascuba1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    He is a putz and no where near a man. I am no Mavs fan but that move killed any slim legacy he had. Not to mention he was part of the poison for the CBA.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      How big of a punk-moron-loser can you possibly be? He would plant you like a tulip in less than two seconds.

  14. dmisic43 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    D-Fish a beast! /m\

  15. kavika6 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    He should have said that four years ago.

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