Thunder point guard Derek Fisher played his final game at Utah on Tuesday night.
And it's safe to say it was bittersweet.
Oklahoma City suffered a 112-101 defeat to Fisher's former team, and Fisher's two-point, five-foul performance on 1-for-6 shooting didn't do anything to help silence the chorus of boos he received from the crowd.
Jazz fans have given Fisher an ear full since 2007, when he requested to be released from his contract due to one of his daughters being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Fisher then rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers and helped them win two more championships.
It all seemed, how should we put it, fishy to the fans in Utah.
On his official website the day the Thunder played the Jazz, Fisher addressed the reaction he's received in Utah.
“Whenever I go back to Salt Lake City to play, one of the first things I think about now is how the fans react,” Fisher wrote. “They're booing or saying whatever they want to say — feeling that I left the team or that I'm a traitor, things like that. Sports sometimes warps people's reality in terms of the way they relate to teams and the athletes on the teams.
“How you feel about my time with the Jazz or what you think I did to the Jazz — none of that matters in comparison to making a decision for my family related to the health of my daughter. The basketball part, the Jazz part, is kind of like a backdrop, and almost irrelevant in the context of what we're actually talking about.
“But I get a kick out of the reaction when they call me a traitor or a liar or whatever. I don't think anybody has proven that my daughter didn't have cancer, so there isn't really anything to lie about, or any reason to be considered a traitor.”
Fisher went on to call the people of Salt Lake City great people and say that he and his family still considers themselves connected to them.
“I try to remind myself that those people who say those things don't represent Salt Lake City as a whole, and the way people feel about me or my family,” Fisher wrote.
SEFOLOSHA'S STATUS UNCLEAR
Thabo Sefolosha sustained an undisclosed injury to his left hand early in the third quarter of Tuesday's game at Utah. The injury limited Sefolosha to three minutes in the second half and was part of the reason he remained sidelined for the entire fourth quarter.
His status is unclear for Thursday's game at Denver, but it seems likely he will play when you consider Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he probably could have reinserted Sefolosha.
“That kept him out,” Brooks said of the injury. “We'll see how he feels. I probably could have thrown him back in. But we made a nice run so I just wanted to stick with the guys that made that run.”