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OKC Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher in 'unique' spot watching the Lakers

Because Lakers-Nuggets series has changed so much in the last few days, Fisher has started watching Denver's tendencies in case it advances to play Oklahoma City.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Published: May 11, 2012

Fisher said Friday that he expects World Peace to have an impact.

“A player as talented as he is and what he brings to their team on both ends of the floor, I don't think it can hurt having him out there,” Fisher said. “He's another guy that they can use to facilitate the game offensively. Defensively, he's a guy that they can use to match up with certain guys on the Nuggets roster.

“So I don't think there's any question that they miss him. But it's a tough position to be in to come back into a Game 7 scenario. But knowing him personally, I'm sure he's looking forward to getting back out there on the floor and he'll find a way to probably make a difference out there to try and help be a positive contributor to the Lakers.”


When a throng of fans greeted the Thunder at Will Rogers World Airport last Saturday following the team's series-clinching Game 4 victory at Dallas, a “Beat L.A.” chant soon broke out.

Fisher was one of many Thunder players who couldn't help but get caught up in the moment. Asked if he was pumping his fist, Fisher admitted “a little bit.”

“Yeah, I just kind of got into the moment,” Fisher said. “I'm normally not a very demonstrative guy. But for those fans to come out that late at night for us advancing in the first round, you know, that was pretty special. And there was just a certain type of energy that was there and I got into it.

“And that's what we plan to do if that's who we face next. But if we don't, I guess our fans will come up with some other chant that they can figure out for the Nuggets.