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Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher faces the media about trade

About 50 media members surrounded the former Lakers great to talk about the trade to Houston, and then signing with Oklahoma City.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: March 29, 2012

Accompanied with the words “THANKS FISH,” highlights were shown of Fisher's big-shot moments in the playoffs, plus a clip of imporing teammates in a huddle.

When the footage was over, the words “THANKS FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE FISH.”

The sellout crowd stood and applauded during the video and roared even louder when Fisher was shown standing in front of the Thunder bench. Fisher waved and applauded in return.


Before the rest of the team arrived at Santa Monica High School for Thursday morning's shootaround session, reserve guard Daequan Cook did some shooting and defensive slide drills wearing a brace on his right knee.

When the drill session was over and his teammates entered the gym, Cook flashed a huge smile as he took off the brace.

Sticking with the original prognosis, Cook is at least one week away from returning.

Outside the gym, Eric Maynor slowly walked up and down stairs and a ramp, and also got down into defensive positions. Maynor is lost for the season with a knee injury but stopped walking with a limp several weeks ago.


With 4:44 left in the first quarter, Kendrick Perkins was whistled for his 12th technical foul of the season when he pivoted with his elbow flared after being fouled by Pau Gasol. If Perkins' technical foul is not rescinded, he will be one away from earning a one-game suspension.

Late in the third quarter, Kevin Durant was whistled for his fourth technical foul of the season for what appeared to be a clean block on an Andrew Bynum shot.

Official Dan Crawford called both technicals.


The Thunder flew home after Thursday's game and will take Friday off before preparing for its game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at noon at Chesapeake Energy Arena. OKC then hosts Memphis on Monday at 7 p.m.


A few minutes after Fisher addressed the media, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “I was just talking to another general manager, and he thought getting the ball handling guard that we got (Ramon Sessions) was a good move that was going to help us in the future. My immediate response was it was a high price to pay, which was the case. But those are tough decisions that management has to make and we're hopeful it will work out down the road.”