LOS ANGELES Derek Fisher needed more than an hour to ice down, shower, dress in a sharp gray suit and take his place at an interview podium as a conquering hero. In this instance, at least, he arrived on his own terms.
The same could not be said for the rest of the night, in which Fisher took center stage in an odd spectacle: playing a bit part but a significant one in Oklahoma Citys 102-93 dismantling of the Lakers.
Fisher had built a reputation on the Lakers championship teams as the consummate professional. He was the glue guy who kept Kobe Bryant in line, Paul Gasols chin up, Ron Artest from going off the reservation, and always kept hope alive when the ball landed in his hands in the waning seconds.
So, while he seems touched by the heartfelt reception he received at Staples Center, and genuinely pleased to be with a team that is better equipped to reward him with a sixth NBA championship ring, Fisher could not swallow the suggestion that the Lakers had done him a favor b...