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Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with Derek Fisher

The Thunder guard and five-time world champion talks about his recent play and current shooting slump.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 28, 2013

“I think overall it's pretty good, in particular team defense-wise. I'm guarding a lot of off-guards or wing players. And so being off the ball while Reggie (Jackson) is on the ball it's really important to be active on the weakside when Nick (Collison) is rotating over to take charges or some of our other guys are doing some things on the ball; cracking back, boxing out big guys, getting long rebounds, deflections, getting in the passing lanes, those are things that I think guys like Nick Collison do every night for our team. And so the more guys we have doing those things I think it'll just elevate our team game.”

When you came back, did you know this was going to be your role?

“There was really no expectation laid out in terms of here's what we're going to be able to provide for you. I knew coming in I'd be basically the third smaller guard or point guard on the roster. Reggie had been playing well in the opportunities he's had to play. So I didn't really expect to come in and play a certain amount of minutes but really just bring the mentality that whatever the coach or the team asks of me I'll be prepared to do it. So that's what I'm trying to do.”

Are you aware of your slump?

“I'm aware I haven't made a shot in a few games or so, but I'm not measuring myself by whether or not I go 0-for-2 in terms of how I'm playing, or whether or not our team is developing the way it needs to develop.”

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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