DALLAS - In Derek Fisher's first day as a Maverick, he wasn't allowed to wear jersey No. 2, was given a bloody nose courtesy of an accidental elbow from a new teammate, and was all-but-handed the eventual 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."
The Dallas Mavericks are trying to improve a position in which the team has struggled for answers. 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.