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OKC Thunder's Derek Fisher has 'no issues' with Mavericks' Mark Cuban

Derek Fisher's departure didn't sit well with many in the Mavs organization, including owner Mark Cuban, who lobbed a few verbal jabs at Fisher after he joined the Thunder.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 18, 2013
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It's been nearly three months since Derek Fisher left Dallas.

The veteran point guard returned Sunday when the Thunder took on the Mavs.

“Anytime you join a group or a team, even if it's for a short while, there is some connection that takes place as far as teammates, coaches, people in the organization,” Fisher said before the game. “I don't know how happy they'll be to see me, but I don't have any problems with anyone here. I'm just looking forward to what should be a fun-packed game.”

Fisher's departure didn't sit well with many in the Mavs organization, including owner Mark Cuban, who lobbed a few verbal jabs at Fisher after he joined the Thunder.

Fisher requested to be released by the Mavs and was granted that request on Dec. 22.

He injured patellar tendon in his right knee and was expected to miss two weeks.

Fisher said the injury, coupled with his desire to be closer to his family in California, prompted the request.

On Feb. 25, Fisher signed with the Thunder for the remainder of this season.

“Look, I understand completely,” Cuban said sarcastically. “From the time Derek was here to his signing in OKC, his kids are older, they can deal with things better. So I understand him having more comfort in being away from them.”

Cuban continued cracking jokes when told only 65 days had passed between Fisher's departure from Dallas and his signing with Oklahoma City.

“A lot can happen in 65 days,” Cuban said, again sarcastically. “His kids are older now. It's easier to fly in and out of Oklahoma City than it is Dallas. I understand that. It's just a decision a parent has to make. Every parent has difficult decisions to make.”

Fisher chose to not enter the sparring session.

“I love Mark and I have a tremendous for what he's done and does in terms of his team,” Fisher said. “I think people question his passion, but there's no question about how passionate he is for his team. And so if it was my team...I would want as many players that I felt like could help me. I take it more as a positive thing than a negative. He saw some value that I provided and would like to still have me here. But long term, for me, I don't have any (issues) with Mark, and hopefully one day we'll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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