Newly reacquired guard Derek Fisher has won five world championships, but one trait Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he appreciates most is Fisher's ability to keep a low profile.
“I always say that sometimes you have to know when not to get in the way,” Brooks explained. “It takes years of knowing that. You want to put your imprint on the game, and sometimes your imprint is to stay in the corner and to wait and be disciplined and be patient with the other guys, and he (Fisher) understands that as well as anybody I've ever been around.”
Brooks said the imprint of fellow newcomer Ronnie Brewer also has been immediately noticeable.
“Brewer creates excitement because he brings nothing but team chemistry and team spirit,” Brooks said. “He's been in programs that have (those) beliefs and built their organizations on that. He's just another winning player.”
Three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant freely admits he's looking forward to what Fisher and Brewer have to offer.
“I've been anxious since we got them to see them play, to see how they're going to fit in with us, how coach is going to use them,” Durant said.
Good thing Brewer was traded from the New York Knicks last week, or he likely would have been assigned at some point to defend Golden State's Stephen Curry on Wednesday night — or at least try.
Curry erupted for a career-high 54 points against the Knicks in a 109-105 loss at Madison Square Garden. It is the third most points scored by an opposing player in MSG history, trailing 61 from Kobe Bryant in 2009 and 55 from Michael Jordan in 1995. Curry also had seven assists, six rebounds and three steals while playing all 48 minutes.