If anything, these comments bring a bit more credence to a pre-All Star break column by Jason Whitlock, FoxSports.com’s opinionated and occasionally controversial writer, who detailed the jumbled mess that became of the NBA Players Union, ending in the firing of executive director Billy Hunter.
In it, Whitlock, aided by a candid interview with former NBA player Maurice Evans, speculated that Fisher only used the Mavericks as a way to keep his position as union president.
From Whitlock’s column:
Fisher is also not in the league. But, thanks to a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks in December, Fisher is allowed to maintain his position as union president. Yep, the 38-year-old Fisher signed with the Mavs in late November, played nine games and then decided he needed to spend more time with his family. It was all rather convenient. Too convenient, according to Evans.
“They were able to circumvent (the system) by putting him on a team for a day and a half so he could be reinstated as president,” Evans claimed. “I don’t know who (are) the powers that be to put that in place, but D. Fish was only on the Mavericks this year so they could pull this stunt off, so they could get Billy Hunter out of office.”
What does it all mean? Do I believe Fisher joined the Mavs under false pretenses, with an ulterior motive? I’m not sure and I’m not sure it even matters.
He seemed to play hard during his time in Dallas. His injury seems legitimate. And his conditional release was worked out with the front office.
So it’s his right to then explore free agency. And in this introductory Q&A with reporters on Tuesday, Fisher (now healed) seemed to have legitimately enjoyed his time away with family and talked as if he felt refreshed for the impending stretch run.
But it’s certainly an interesting storyline, spicing up the recently one-sided I-35 rivalry a bit (OKC has won nine consecutive against Dallas). And who knows, if the Mavs can dig out of their current hole (10th in the West, 4.5 games out of eighth place), we could get an intriguing first round series.
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