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OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher still mulling retirement, coaching

The way he spoke, the emotion in his voice, the sentimental goodbye feeling of his words, painted him as a 39-year-old at the beginning stages of a realization of what’s to come – a lengthy and historic playing career that’s likely over.
Oklahoman Published: June 1, 2014

On Sunday, Fisher admitted to being intrigued by coaching. He said it’d give him a chance to “positively impact other people’s lives” and that he always “felt like my purpose in life or calling so to speak was to be in a leadership position.”

Those on the Thunder would agree. The typically testy Russell Westbrook referred to him as an “older brother,” saying he has always shown him the “right path.”

“People don’t see what he does behind the scenes, but the guy, he’s incredible,” fellow veteran Nick Collison said. “Different from any teammate I’ve had. The way he can address the team. Almost like a coach, but guys don’t roll their eyes at him like, ‘Who is this guy?’ He feels like one of us.”

Besides coaching, or potentially returning for another title run with the Thunder, Fisher will also likely have options in front office management or other business ventures.

At this point, though – so soon after the season – he has little idea of his next move. But unlike some retiring athletes, he has plenty of post-career options.

“It’s surreal to think about,” a humbled Fisher said.