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

Thunder guard Derek Fisher talks about his recent play and current shooting slump.

Question: Where do you feel like you are right now in terms of your performance?

Answer: “I feel like overall I'm good in terms of just coming in trying to impact the game on a nightly basis. Sometimes it'll be hitting a couple of shots. Other nights it'll be defending well, creating some havoc on that end and just providing energy and toughness. In the role that most of us play for this team, you shouldn't really measure yourself by percentages or how you're shooting or whatever. It's really about how are you impacting the game and if you're making a positive contribution. We don't have a problem scoring points. So we don't need another guy worried about how many shots he's making. We need more guys worried about how many shots we're going to keep the other team from making.”

Why do you think you haven't been shooting the ball well?

“It's just kind of part of the game in terms of the ups and downs of a season. I'm obviously adjusting to a shorter role than I'm accustomed to playing overtime and over the years. So playing 12, 13 minutes a game, you have to really be ready to go right at it in terms of playing the game. But when I go in the game I'm not thinking just offense. Sometimes a shot shows up and you make it or you miss it. But as long as you're taking good shots at the basket I'm not worried about it, my teammates aren't worried about it and I'll keep taking those. I don't know many teams that will just leave me open as time goes on.”

On the defensive end, is that part of your game to the level that you would want it right now?


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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