OKC Thunder notebook: Familiar foes for Derek Fisher, Ronnie Brewer
New Thunder arrivals Derek Fisher and Ronnie Brewer will soon have a chance to face teams for which they previously played.
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OKC plays the Los Angeles Lakers next Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Fisher won his five NBA championships while with the Lakers (1996-2004; 2007-2012).
The Thunder has two games remaining against Utah, where Fisher played in 2006-07. On March 17, OKC will play at Dallas, where Fisher played earlier this season before suddenly departing in late December. On April 11, the Thunder plays at Golden State, where Fisher played in 2004-06.
Brewer barely missed out playing Sunday night against the Chicago Bulls, where he played from 2010-12. Like Fisher, Brewer also played for Utah (2006-10). On March 20, OKC plays at Memphis, where Brewer played briefly in 2009-10.
TREAD ON ME
Although Fisher has five NBA championship rings and is six years older than anyone on the Thunder roster, he said he's the one who treaded lightly in the locker room when he joined the team on March 21 last year.
“I spoke a lot last year about not walking in here assuming these guys are supposed to respect me,” Fisher recalled. “I think respect is earned and I wanted this group of guys to get a feel for who I am and what I do before I expected them to be able to somewhat follow my example as a leader in some ways. It was more so me treading lightly. They had jokes and things to laugh about right away. They were 22, 23 years old. Everything's a joke. So this year coming in, I think for me, I don't feel as I have to tread lightly.”
With the OKC roster now at the full allotment of 15 players, Fisher and Brewer must be one of the team's 13 players to be activated in order to play.
Will Fisher and Brewer be activated for Wednesday's 7 p.m. game against the New Orleans Hornets at The Peake?
“That's a good question,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after Tuesday's practice before adding, “Ask me tomorrow.
“They both are going to get opportunities to play. Whether it's right away tomorrow, I don't know that yet, but they both give us another option to throw on the court to make winning plays. They both make winning plays.”
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