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DALLAS - In Derek Fisher's first day as a Mav, he wasn't allowed to wear jersey No. 2, was given a bloody nose courtesy of an accidental from a new teammate, and was all-but-handed the eventually starting point guard job in Dallas.
"I told the guys today, 'This is not a pit stop'," Fisher said. "This is not kind of the 'final whatever' before I decide to retire soon. I'm here to give everything I have to help this team right now and continue to build as we go through this season. We want to be in the postseason. We don't want to go through this season and look back and feel like we could have done better."
What the Dallas Mavericks are doing here is trying to do better at a position where the team has struggled for answers. So look for Darren Collison to be unhappily demoted soon maybe as soon as Saturday when the Pistons come to town and look for Fisher's 17 years as an NBA bus driver to be utilized in the starting lineup.
"He's probably going to be our starting point guard," coach Rick Carlisle said after a Friday working in which the five-time NBA champ Derek Fisher was given an inadvertent bloody nose. "And we've got a great situation with him and Collison because we've got two really good players there." Collison hasn't been very good, though, since after Dallas' 4-1 start; the Mavs have lost eight of the last nine.
How good is Fisher? Carlisle said, "For a guy who's been sitting out, he's obviously been working hard and taking care of himself. It'll take a while to get game-right, but he did a good job today and he's going to help us."
Truth is, Fisher, 38, has been a clutch journeyman at his highest points and may be something less in both those departments now. He was a titlist with the Lakers and a contributor for the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City last season.
This isn't about mentorship. This is about milking something on the court from Fisher by a team that needs something it hasn't been getting.
Fisher also isn't getting his familiar No. 2 jersey. He's settling for No. 6 after the organization opted to keep 2 (Jason Kidd's old number) in the storage closet.
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The 16-year veteran point guard was the first starter introduced against Detroit on Saturday night, a day after he joined the team and practiced for the first time.
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The move is contingent on Fisher passing a physical.
Dallas played Wednesday without Darren Collison, who had started 14 of its first games at the point, because of a sprained right middle finger sustained...
The Dallas Mavericks will sign veteran point guard Derek Fisher on Thursday, coach Rick Carlisle announced after a 101-78 loss to Chicago.
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The move is contingent on Fisher passing a physical.
Dallas played Wednesday without Darren Collison, who had started 14 of its first games at the point, because of a sprained right...
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The 38-year-old Fisher was a free agent after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City.
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