Found February 28, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
OKLAHOMA CITY Derek Fisher checked in at the start of the second quarter, and with it ended any debate about what his role will be on this team. Not that we didn't know already. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks pretty much said as much when he joked (not something Brooks does with any regularity or success) a few hours before the Thunder worked over New Orleans 119-74 Wednesday. "Trust me, we're not bringing him in to have him tell us stories about Kobe and Shaq," Brooks said. "We're not going to eat S'mores together. We're going to play him. He can play 10 minutes to 15 minutes to 20 minutes on a given night." Funny line by Brooks, but if you're a Thunder fan, it's certainly not, "Ha-ha funny." It's more like, "Scary funny." With Fisher, and his fistful of titles from days gone by, comes experience. But when he came off the bench, received a nice, hearty applause from the home fans inside Chesapeake Arena, we got a glimpse of what will likely be the immediate future of the Thunder. Pay no attention to what happened Wednesday as Brooks used the New Orleans Hornets as a science project, experimenting and dabbling in possibilities for his team against one of the league's weaker teams. Fisher entered the same time as Reggie Jackson, possibly just to stick to all of us who asked Brooks before the game who would get the bulk of the back-up minutes, but it looked like the beginning of an open tryout. "I don't know who is going to play the majority of the minutes," Brooks said. "Some nights Reggie might. Some nights Derek might. They might play together. They both can handle the ball and guard bigger players. We have options." Don't take what the Thunder did against the Hornets as a sign of future results. Brooks could have brought back the front court from his first season in Oklahoma City and the Thunder would have been fine. Fisher and Jackson played comparable minutes (Fisher: 20, Jackson: 22) , but Brooks is right - they didn't bring Fisher in so he could show off his jewelry. When the playoffs are upon us in about another six weeks, the bench gets longer and the rotation gets tighter. There's really only room for one back-up and don't count on it being Jackson. "He has great leadership abilities," Brooks said of Fisher. "It would be crazy on our part to not pick his brain. He's been around some of the best teams and best players. Not only for Reggie, Russell and myself, but for other players. It's just not their positing they can teach, it's the situations." Yet, on a night when Fisher made a triumphant return, it was Jackson who scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. "I just wanted to proved that I belong here," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to be great every day and prove to myself I belong here." And then Brooks: "Someone is going to have to play less than another. Russell (Westbrook) is going to play the majority of minutes. The back-up point guard, how we play is not a statistical position. It's the ability to impact the game that doesn't show up on the stat sheet. That's the way it is. There's not a lot of minutes." Sure, the Thunder could use an extra point guard. After Maynor was shipped to Portland, Oklahoma City had just two point guards Westbrook and Jackson, but bringing in Fisher is equal parts baffling and odd. Because what the Thunder needed more than a point guard was a scorer. Exposed as a two-man team in a loss to Miami on Valentine's Day, Oklahoma City has to develop a consistent third scorer, or at least get find another warm body to help out Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Count on Westbrook playing more and more minutes, so a scorer, not a point guard is a priority. Fisher isn't a gotta-see-him kind of point guard anymore and he's a non-factor when it comes to scoring. Fisher has played in just 11 games this season, begged out of Dallas and suggested he wanted to spend more time with his family. Wednesday was his first game since Dec. 21. He took his first shot in a game for the first time since December 18. "I didn't come in with any expectations," he said. "I was prepared and ready for anything that would come my way. As far as our team goes there are several combinations that can work whoever is out there it's simple, play hard and play together. Everything else will work itself out." Meanwhile, there's Jackson, who, no matter what Brooks said, can be more than a facilitator. He's a viable playmaker, who plays aggressively alongside Durant when Westbrook takes a break. He is averaging 11 minutes and four points per game. So, yeah, bring Fisher in. Let him teach, too. Fine. All of that is great. Just don't put him on the court. In case you wondering, Fisher went 0-for-4 Wednesday. Not that it matters. Follow Andrew Gilman on Twitter @theandrewgilman

Mavericks reportedly bothered that Derek Fisher signed with Thunder

Derek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week, and the move is not sitting well with the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas signed Fisher at the end of November after point guard Darren Collison got hurt. At the time, Fisher said he would devote himself to the Mavs for the season. “I told (teammates) today, ‘This is not a pit stop. This is not kind of the final whatever...

Mavericks Salty at Derek Fisher Signing with Thunder, After “Spending Time With Family” Line

The Mavericks should only be upset with themselves. It isn’t like Fisher hasn’t used the “I want to spend time with my family please cut me” card in the past, only to show up later and sign with a contending team. The Mavericks were duped, but Fisher didn’t do anything illegal, so the Mavs just have to cry a river. Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday...

Derek Fisher wants to keep playing

Even after his contract is up with the Oklahoma City Thunder this year (if he makes it to the end of the year), Derek Fisher is not ready to retire.  Sure, the aging guard has "retired" a couple of times now, but there's no reason to think he'll actually retire, right?According to an Associated Press report, Fisher does not plan to retire.  He said his knee was...

Derek Fisher is a piece of ****

What a fabulous idea ladies! I've been waiting to write this one for quite some time but I'm elated with having even more irrefutable evidence to support my argument.  I might not be the best person to write this, considering my disdain for anything LA, but hear me out. Back in 2007 Derek Fisher convinced the Jazz that he needed to spend time with his ailing daughter who...

Derek Fisher Joins Thunder Without Telling Mavericks, Leaving Mark Cuban ‘Agitated’ With Move

Derek Fisher will begin his second stint in as many seasons for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday against New Orleans. The 38-year-old had played nine games this season, all with Dallas, before requesting his release Dec. 22. Fisher joining a contender two months later has Mavs owner Mark Cuban upset. Cuban was “agitated” by the recent transaction, according to’s Jeff...

Derek Fisher was a great postseason pickup for the Thunder

When the Thunder began their bid to repeat as Western Conference champions by trading away their best bench player, budding superstar James Harden, I was skeptical.However the move, which could have been crippling to almost any other franchise, has been majorly mollified by the continuously stellar play of Kevin Durant and even Russell Westbrook. The Thunder, as a whole, don'...

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban swipes at Derek Fisher

Mark Cuban is talking about another NBA player that is not on his roster. At least this time there is an obvious reason for him to be snarky.  NBA living legend Derek Fisher debuted with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks after Thanksgiving, played less than 10 games, encountered a knee issue, asked for a release to return to Los Angeles to deal with both his knee and family issues and...

Fisher rejoins Thunder, not planning on retiring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher isn't planning on his latest stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder being his last chance to play in the league. He has just one goal in mind and he'll wear a reminder of it on his jersey in every game. Fisher chose No. 6 to wear on his uniform, to represent his quest for a sixth NBA title. He won five alongside Kobe...

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reportedly irritated Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder

Derek Fisher has resigned with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Back in December, Fisher signed with the Mavs for 9 games, injured his right knee and asked the Mavs to waive him allegedly because he felt it would take awhile to rehab and because he missed his family. Now that he’s back with the Thunder for the final stretch of the regular season and a playoff run with the Thunder, The...

Mavericks 'Agitated' By Fisher Signing With Thunder

Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder a few months after leaving the Mavericks citing an injured knee and desire to be with his family in California.

Mark Cuban Reportedly ‘Agitated’ Derek Fisher Signed With Thunder

After playing in 9 games for the Mavs in December, Derek Fisher is back for the final push of the regular season and a playoff run with the OKC Thunder. The Dallas front office is reportedly ‘agitated’ that the PG did not contact them at all through this process. According to Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday, but one league source said the...

Durant, Thunder rout Hornets

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant recorded his third career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished a perfect three-game homestand by routing the short-handed New Orleans Hornets 119-74 on Wednesday night. Durant had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Oklahoma City finished a dominant four-game sweep of the season series against New Orleans, which...

Durant triple-double leads OKC past Hornets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant recorded his third career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished a perfect three-game homestand by routing the short-handed New Orleans Hornets 119-74 on Wednesday night. Durant had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Oklahoma City finished a dominant four-game sweep of the season series against...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.