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Oklahoma City Thunder: Derek Fisher called to coach?

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014

Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher talks with the media before a Thunder practice at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Sunday., April 28, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher talks with the media before a Thunder practice at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Sunday., April 28, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Derek Fisher says he has no desire to coach. But some of his teammates think the Ancient Mariner is destined to coach once his playing days are over.

For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about NBA players becoming college coaches. You can read that column here. If any Thunder player is destined for that kind of move, it’s Fisher, who at 39 is a virtual player-coach. Fisher says he has no interest in coaching, and he also says this is his final season. He’s ready to watch his kids grow up. Of course, Fisher could coach in college and be at home a lot more than the extended-roadtrip life in the NBA.

But either way, some of Fisher’s teammates think he can’t avoid the call to coach.

“We always say Fish will coach,” said Perry Jones III. “I think he’d make a great coach, to be honest. He’s wise. He knows the game really well. I think he’d make a great coach, if he would coach. He can write a speech on the drop of a dime.”

Reggie Jackson chimed in, “a movie speech.”

Certainly, Fisher is eloquent and thoughtful with what he says. And he knows the game. And he has a solid demeanor. In fact, if you drew up a list of attributes of an NBA player to become a solid coach, Fisher would be what you look for.

“Some people, they can do it,” Jackson said of players migrating to coaching. “D-Fish is one of those. I always joke with him. He’s running away from it. I think it’s one of those things, destined for him. He has that natural knack, feel.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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