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Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher learning on the fly

Fisher's 15 years of experience should help him adapt to OKC's system quickly.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 22, 2012


Collison joked on Wednesday that Fisher's signing made Nazr Mohammed the happiest guy in the Thunder locker room.

“He's not the oldest guy on the team anymore,” Collison said.

On Thursday, Mohammed fired back.

“He's just happy he's not the second oldest,” the 34-year-old Mohammed said of Collison, 31. “He moved down a notch.”

Mohammed went on to say the more veterans the better.

“Hey, bring in another old guy,” he said. “Push me down and make me feel young. But these guys around here make me feel young anyway. We got a young team, funny guys with a lot of energy. So I feel young anyway.”


After the Thunder held forward Blake Griffin to a career-low seven points on 3-for-11 shooting, much of the credit went to forward Serge Ibaka for his defensive effort on the Clippers' All-Star.

With Ibaka keeping Griffin in front of him, making him shoot contested shots and shadowing him to shut off his space on every pick and roll, the Thunder held the Clippers to just 22 paint points and limited L.A. to 36.7 percent shooting.

“That was Thunder defense right there,” Mohammed said. “We looked at the clips (Thursday) morning. Everybody was in the right rotations, everybody was helping, everybody was showing a crowd and playing physical.

“But you've got to give most of the credit to Serge and Nick. They just did an unbelievable job. Serge, that was some of the best one-one defense I've seen him play. He's had greater shot-blocking games. But as far as one-on-one post defense, that's one of the best defensive games I've seen him play. And Nick just does what he does. He fights and makes it tough on everybody. But you've got to give credit to them two.”


Brooks when told Mohammed referred to the Thunder's young players as having old souls — “Put Nazr in my shoes and let's see if he answers it that way. Old souls? It's an emotional wreck at times.”


The Thunder will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in the second of a three-game home stand. Tip-off is scheduled for 7.

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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