“That's really when the opportunity presented itself,” Fisher said of returning to OKC after Maynor's departure. “Without that trade, I don't think I'd be here and we'd be talking about this. I think that was kind of the catalyst to then being able to have some conversation over the last several days to get us to this point. Like I said, I'm thankful, I'm appreciative.”
Fisher will wear jersey No. 6, signifying his quest for a sixth NBA championship. Coincidentally, that also was the jersey number Maynor wore for three seasons with the Thunder.
“I think this group understands who I am. I understand who they are,” said the 38-year-old Fisher, who won all his titles while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004; 2007-12). “I think it's extremely clear what our goal is and what we're here to accomplish, and oftentimes that's what sets the table. Once we all have a common purpose and common goal, it's about us each doing our jobs. That's what I'm here to do.”