It's all about intangibles when it comes to Derek Fisher

Fisher has missed 18 consecutive shots, but no one in the Thunder locker room is ready to bust the man with five championship rings.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 27, 2013

Against the Wizards, Fisher made some solid plays. A couple of steals, an assist, a rebound. What appeared to be solid defense.

And though we joke about the intangibles, truth is, Fisher does bring them. Experience. Calmness. Readiness. A locker room presence.

Heck, for all I know, Fisher serves as some kind of dorm monitor for the still-young Thunder. Maybe everyone shapes up with Fisher and his five NBA championship rings around.

I don't have a problem with Fisher playing, so long as his minutes don't get too high. Brooks played Fisher 20.4 minutes a game last season, then upped that to 22.3 in the playoffs, same as Thabo Sefolosha. Which is just nuts.

This time around, Brooks is playing Fisher 13.8 minutes per game. Frankly, I'd like to see Ronnie Brewer get some of that action, but 13.8 doesn't tip the ship too much.

Fisher said he was promised no amount of minutes or even a certain role. Says he knew Reggie Jackson would remain the backup point guard.

“I'm obviously adjusting to a shorter role than I'm accustomed to playing,” Fisher said. “Playing 12, 13 minutes a game, you have to be really ready to go right at it.

“When I go into a game, I'm not thinking just offense. As long as you're taking good shots at the basket, I'm not worried about it, my teammates aren't worried about it. I'll keep taking those. I don't know many teams that will just leave me open as time goes on.”

Just the same, it's about time for the streak to end.

On deadline, I couldn't find the NBA record for consecutive misses. But Jacque Vaughn once missed his first 22 shots of a season. And Tim Hardaway once went 0-for-17 in a single game.

The Heat streak ended. Time for the Cold streak to do the same.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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