Newest Thunder Derek Fisher fingered himself as old Wednesday night when he talked about his relationship with Scotty Brooks. The 37-year-old Fisher pointed out that he played against his new coach.
And Fisher wasn’t kidding. Back on April 3, 1998, Fisher’s Lakers beat Brooks’ Cavaliers 105-93 in Cleveland. That was Fisher’s second year in the NBA; it was Brooks’ final pro season as a player.
Fisher that night played 16 minutes, scored four points (all on foul shots) and had three assists and three turnovers. Brooks played four minutes; he had two points and two rebounds.
The year before, in the two Laker-Knick games (Brooks was a Knickerbocker that season, 1996-97), Brooks didn’t play.
Brooks, now 46, was 33 that final season. There aren’t many players left in the NBA who were in the league when Brooks played. Let’s see. Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Juwan Howard, Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Ben Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill, Erick Dampier, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Jerry Stackhouse, Jermaine O’Neal, Tony Battie. I think that’s it.
In the latter years of Brooks’ playing career, his list of teammates includes all kinds of interesting names. In Cleveland, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, LeBron’s sidekick in both Cleveland and Miami. And Danny Ferry, who went on to become the Cleveland general manager and who was in Oklahoma City last week for the Thunder-Spurs game. Even badboy Shawn Kemp.
The year before, 1996-97, Brooks was a Knickerbocker. His teammates included Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, John Starks and Charlie Ward.