OKLAHOMA CITY Derek Fisher had just finished buttoning his dress shirt at his locker when he shot a sideways glance at a reporter from Los Angeles.
"Kings win?" the Oklahoma City Thunder guard asked late Wednesday night.
Informed they had lost to the New Jersey Devils, the former longtime Laker sighed.
"So, Game 5 in L.A.?" Fisher inquired hopefully.
"Back to New Jersey," responded a few reporters.
It's OK. Things are still looking good, for Fisher and for the Kings.
The NBA and NHL playoffs could each be an L.A. story between a possible first title for the Kings and a sixth for Fisher, which would give the onetime Angeleno one more than a certain former teammate.
Fisher said he had not heard from Kobe Bryant immediately after Oklahoma City's 107-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, which clinched the Thunder's first NBA Finals appearance since it relocated from Seattle four years ago.