OKC Thunder's Derek Fisher has 'no issues' with Mavericks' Mark Cuban

Derek Fisher's departure didn't sit well with many in the Mavs organization, including owner Mark Cuban, who lobbed a few verbal jabs at Fisher after he joined the Thunder.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 18, 2013
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Fisher played just nine games for the Mavs after signing with them on Nov. 29.

He averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 assists in 25.4 minutes.

In nine games with the Thunder prior to Sunday's game, Fisher had averaged 4.9 points and 0.9 assists in 14.6 minutes.

DURANT RESPECTS NOWITZKI

Kevin Durant said Sunday that Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki has moved into a select list of players for which he reserves the utmost respect.

“Dirk's a guy I always watch film on and always enjoy watching him play,” Durant said. “He's one of those handful of guys I'd pay to go see. It's an honor playing against him, especially winding down in his career.”

Durant has mimicked Nowitzki's one-legged fadeaway jump shot among other tricks and said the regular meetings between the two have enhanced his appreciate for the future Hall of Famer.

“I've learned a lot from just watching Dirk and how he handles himself and the type of player he's grown into,” Durant said. “Playing against him in the playoffs these last few years, I really got a newfound respect for his hard work and his versatility and how easy he makes it. And just his poise, he's always calm and cool and makes the big shots. He takes his team over the top so that's what I try to do here. I try to be efficient as well and just try to be a great teammate.”

THABEET SITS AGAIN

Reserve center Hasheem Thabeet missed his second consecutive game Sunday while nursing a sore back.

Thabeet said he hopes to be healed and back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Denver.

The injury occurred following a workout last Thursday, Thabeet said.

“It's tight,” Thabeet said. “Almost like spasms.”

BROADCAST BLACKOUT

DirecTV did not show the first half of Sunday's game against Dallas and carried the Mavericks' feed on Fox Sports Southwest in the second half after learning of the programming glitch.

According to the DirecTV programming guide, the game was not scheduled to air on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

“It was a technical error,” said Fox Sports Oklahoma spokesman Ramon Alvarez. “We are working with DirecTV to identify the source of the problem.”


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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