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OKC Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher responds to Jazz fans' boos

Thunder point guard Derek Fisher played his final game at Utah on Tuesday night. And it's safe to say it was bittersweet.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 8, 2014

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.

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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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