OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher sets sights on ring No. 6

Point guard will wear jersey No. 6 to remind him of his, and the team's goal: An NBA championship.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 26, 2013

Scottie Pippen, Jordan's running partner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Boston teammates Bob Cousy and Jim Loscutoff are the only other players with exactly six championships.

But earning his sixth ring while being a part of the Thunder's rise is something Fisher said would hold great significance for him in addition to adding another ring to his diamond-studded stable.

“When I think about this group of players, this organization, how fast things have grown and developed to be a championship-contending team, to win another one, for me personally, would be extremely gratifying.”

Much like last year, Fisher's rich history and vast experience is expected to be a boost to a Thunder roster that was the sixth youngest in the league before his arrival.

“You can't pick another player that has seen everything he has,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “If you can, tell me about him. But he's one guy that has seen everything, and he gives our guys valuable experience.”

Fisher feels the Thunder is just fine. He watched from afar as the team lost James Harden and seamlessly incorporated Kevin Martin. He's kept up with veterans via telephone and text while studying the development of the team's young players. Through it all, he's seen extraordinary progress since he played that last Finals game in June. The Thunder now has a 41-15 record, a near identical .730-plus winning percentage as the team had compiled when Fisher came aboard last year.

“For such a young team,” Fisher said, “you just have to continue to marvel at and be amazed at the level of maturity and their ability to be mentally focused on being successful day in and day out. I still see that in this team. But I also see a willingness and a desire to get better.

“For a team to make it to the NBA Finals and still see the desire to get better, knowing that there's still some unfinished business left on the table, that's refreshing and I'm humble to be a part of it.”

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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Thunder vs. Hornets

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, DirecTV 679, Dish 446, U-Verse 754/HD 1754)

Radio: WWLS-FM 98.1; WWLS-AM 640

Three things to know

* This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams. Oklahoma City has defeated New Orleans by an average margin of 13.3 points.

* Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez is a candidate for Most Improved Player, but he's averaged only seven points and 6.3 assists in this season's three games against the Thunder. He's shot just 34.8 percent in those games.

* New Orleans is 7-19 on the road this season.

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