OKC Thunder: Why Derek Fisher could return to Oklahoma City

DEREK FISHER — The veteran of 17 NBA seasons and five championships isn't looking beyond his playing career.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 31, 2013

photo - Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) fist bumps Drew Kent, 3, of Edmond before Game 5  in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) fist bumps Drew Kent, 3, of Edmond before Game 5 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“It really makes no sense for me to have to defend Fish,” Brooks said the night OKC eliminated the Houston Rockets in the first round of last year's playoffs. “It always seems like I have to defend him … But he has made our team better. His common influence is incredible, will to win, and his spirit of doing it every day is something that all teams should strive to play like.”

Fisher is still committed to winning a sixth championship ring, and the Thunder remains a viable candidate to reach the NBA summit in the next few years.

Fisher did not re-join OKC until Feb. 25 this season, but certainly was impressed with the team's 60-22 record, which earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

“Well, the toughest part about this business once you become successful is replicating that and doing it over and over again,” Fisher said. “To take a team that went to the NBA Finals a year ago, lost, and to come back and win 60 games in the regular season when most teams are generally bored after making it to the Finals, nothing compares to playoff intensity and playoff adrenaline.

“So to come back and be better than everybody else 60 out of 80 times, it is not easy. This team was able to accomplish that and that is a huge step. It shows a level of respect for every time you step onto the floor, respecting your opponent and being ready to play Monday night, Tuesday night, Thursday night, Friday night, back-to-backs, and seven-day road trips, the team was ready to play.”


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