Fisher Joins Thunder After Shafting Mavs

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Fresh off remaining as players union president during All-Star weekend, Derek Fisher’s first initiative apparently was to re-instate himself on an NBA team.

Not with the struggling Dallas Mavericks, the team he bailed on in December and the only one willing to sign him in late November. Fisher signed Monday with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the championship contender he joined late last season that conveniently again has an opening for a veteran point guard with a history of making clutch shots.

If the Rolling Stones had first met Derek Fisher, they never would have recorded “You can’t always get what you want.”

Fisher just keeps on getting.

The 38-year-old southpaw who won five titles in two stints playing alongside Kobe Bryant, signed a veteran’s minimum deal with the Mavs on Nov. 29 on the heels of Dallas benching Darren Collison. Fisher immediately took over as the starter until he asked for and received his release on Dec. 22 so he could spend more time with his family, as he explained in a prepared statement.

Apparently with 26 games left before the start of the playoffs, family concerns are no longer an issue for Fisher, who wore No. 6 for the Mavs because, as he said, he joined them on a quest for a sixth title. “This is not a pit stop,” Fisher told his new Dallas teammates.

Lo and behold, he will also wear No. 6 for the Thunder. He will make his second OKC debut in as many seasons at home Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets.

So how do the jilted Mavs feel about this turn of events?

Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday, but one league source said the best way to describe the mood of the Dallas front office is “agitated.” The source said that Fisher and his representatives never contacted the Mavs during his decision-making process to discuss a possible return to Dallas, the team that, in good faith, initially signed him.

The source said that Fisher’s departure before Christmas seemed to come out of the blue. Of course, in 2007 when Fisher played for the Utah Jazz, he did have a family emergency in the playoffs. His 11-month-old daughter suffered from cancer in her left eye and required surgery in New York. After the playoffs — where Fisher had an iconic moment in the West semifinals — Fisher asked the Jazz to release him from his contract so he could concentrate on finding the best care for his daughter. After saying, “life for me outweighs the game of basketball,” Fisher would soon sign a three-year deal to return to the Lakers.

The Mavs (25-30) are still determined to make a playoff charge and could use Fisher now just as they did in late November when they were 7-7. Collison has been up and down and coach Rick Carlisle still often turns to 37-year-old, NBA D-League call-up Mike James to run the offense in crunch time.

Dallas is 4 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The club’s brass, coaches and players surely can’t help but wonder if that might be different had Fisher stayed. The Mavs have lacked late-game execution all season. They’re 1-8 in overtime games, 0-1 with Fisher; 2-6 in games decided by three points or less, 1-1 with Fisher.

They were 5-4 overall with him, although in his final game, a win over Philadelphia, Fisher strained a tendon in his right knee and played just five minutes.

Four days later he was out the door. In the same press release that he explained his decision to quit, he said the injury would keep him out only about two weeks.

His resurfacing for the stretch run lends credence to an interesting notion first dished up by’s Jason Whitlock in a scathing column prior to All-Star weekend. Whitlock suggested that Fisher’s sole intention when he signed with the Mavs — or with any team that would sign him — was to make himself eligible to maintain his position as NBPA president. If Fisher remained out of the league, he couldn’t lead the union.

The following day at the NBPA meeting in Houston, Fisher announced the ouster of former union executive director Billy Hunter, just as Fisher remained on as president.

Once a politician, apparently always a politician.

Let the quest for title No. 6 officially begin.


  1. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Stick with us, D-Fish!! And you could win this year, and next year, and the year after that!!


  2. Randy says:

    This is a pattern that you can expect in the future with veteran players. Teams with salary cap issues will be able to use a veteran player for minimum salary at stretch time to extend their season and playoff hopes.

  3. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:


  4. Celts says:

    In my opinion its just a shame that the league allows things like that!
    Cauz even if its just a small amount, the mavs were givin fisher money for absolutely nothing and al of a sudden the gay flopper can play again…. Shame no respect for fish

  5. Shafted Jazz says:

    Fisher shafted the Jazz too. HIs daughter was sick so he ask for a release to get his daughter treatment in New York. He immediately signed with the Lakers.

  6. W/E says:

    good move, FIsher is an awesome teammate especially if his playing for a chanmpionship contenter, he does all the little things for his teammates like tying their shoes, cleaning their closets, making sure they always have their gaterode next to them and much more, thats great for the overall chemistry of his team so yeah good move for OKC.

    • Patty says:

      Good for Fisher. He did what he had to do.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Gaaaaaaaatorade!! H2O!!! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaatorade!!! H2O!!

      Water is actually more important. Gatorade should only be used after games or after workouts for a quick replenishment of electrolytes.

  7. sirsparhawk says:

    Id ditch Mavs also. Thunder could use his clutch treys but thats really it.

  8. knewcomb says:

    Smart Move Fisher!!! Well played!! Welcome home!!!

  9. Alan Hollway says:

    The set of double standards in this article is apalling. why is it okay for NBA franchises to move players and their families around like chess pieces fitting in with their commercial needs but players can’t do the same. Maybe there is a bit of jealousy going on because D-fish has become too good at it. Golden State, Houston, Billy Hunter, Utah and now Dallas can all attest to feelings of being screwed over by the D-Fish so whats new thats why he probably is still Union President. My only word of advice to Derek Fisher is stop using family as the excuse to jettison another club, just be transparent and say i go where the best possibility of a 6th ring is or where the pots full of green! Then again that sort of transparency sort of detracts against the so so dalled image of a locker room leader with integrity .

  10. Jason says:

    It’s not Fisher’s fault that teams released him outright. If they wanted to retain his rights, they could have easily just paid him and granted him a leave of absence in both cases.

  11. D says:

    the sooner Fisher is out of the league the better …. He is the farthest thing from a leader, leaders have dignity and self-respect and don’t use thier family to get out of commitments and contracts over and over … what a chump

  12. […] Jeff Caplan of writes the Mavs aren’t pumped about Derek Fisher’s return: “Owner Mark Cuban did not reply to multiple emails on Monday, but one league source said the best way to describe the mood of the Dallas front office is “agitated.” The source said that Fisher and his representatives never contacted the Mavs during his decision-making process to discuss a possible return to Dallas, the team that, in good faith, initially signed him. The source said that Fisher’s departure before Christmas seemed to come out of the blue. Of course, in 2007 when Fisher played for the Utah Jazz, he did have a family emergency in the playoffs. His 11-month-old daughter suffered from cancer in her left eye and required surgery in New York. After the playoffs — where Fisher had an iconic moment in the West semifinals — Fisher asked the Jazz to release him from his contract so he could concentrate on finding the best care for his daughter. After saying, “life for me outweighs the game of basketball,” Fisher would soon sign a three-year deal to return to the Lakers.” […]

  13. […] Derek Fisher cited his desire to spend more time with his family when he asked the Dallas Mavericks to release him in December, so the team’s front office is annoyed that the 38-year-old point guard has resurfaced a few months later with the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Jeff Caplan of […]

  14. rich says:

    Here’s what just happened –
    1. Fisher certified himself as an cherry-picking, opportunist. He is overly over-rated. He may have 5 rings but almost any mediocre point guards around that time will do the job. Kobe-Shaq, Kobe-Pau were dominating that time and there are almost no team close enough to threaten the Lakers.
    2. Family reasons are being used for his convenience. Sad.
    3. The union doesn’t need a leader without integrity so bye-bye Fish.
    4. Finally, OKC will not win the West anyway.

  15. me says:

    if i was d fish, i would have gone to the heat he could have won more championships than mj…even though im a lakers fan

  16. Fan of the Game says:

    Fisher is Scum!! He can get another 10 rings but would never be mentioned in the same sentence as the greats. I see nothing but an old man trying to exploit teams out of several million $$

    He’s a sad excuse for a man for leaving a team and then signing with another different one in the same season. If he had family issues why not ask for an extended leave of absence. Why get released..take the money and then run to another team.

    For those of you saying ” he has more rings than you do” or ” he doesn’t care what you think” . That still makes him less of a man. I would liken fisher to a female goldigger.

  17. TTKIN says:

    As a long time Laker fan, I have never really been a Fish fan no matter how many big shots he made. He weaseled his way out of Utah (like Sir Charles once said, there are doctors all over the country, not just in the city of the team you WANT to play for). And now he did it for Dallas. He should have retired a long time ago.

    That being said, If Dallas thinks DEREK FISHER was the answer to them making or missing the playoffs, they need to get a new scout. He stopped playing offense and defense a long time ago. besides, who do you think will be taking the big shots in a playoff game for OKC, Fisher, or Durant?

    They signed fisher for his lockerroom skills, that is all.

  18. Polish Laker Fanatic says:

    D Fish go home take care of your familly!!!!! become a high school coach if your such a great leader!!! the only leader in LA was and will Be Kobe!! if he was such a great leader how come he was never an all star never on all nbateams he is was a BUM he hit a couple of clutch shots so what why don’t we say how much clutch situations he screwed up!!! HE and Billy Should LEave the NBA and te NBPA he is currupt and dishonest you think that will change overnight????? He is not a hall of famer so one mre ring will not change anything

  19. Rocks says:

    Fisher will always fish for the last ring. I don’t see anything wrong with that. It’s business. Nothing personal in the NBA.

  20. Druiddribbles says:

    SHAFTING THE MAVS: Fisher needed to take time off to take care of business and a free agent player can handle business like a team owner,

  21. […] guard said he needed to spend more time with his family. He has now joined the OKC Thunder, and the Mavs’ front-office is reportedly not pleased. Per “Apparently with 26 games left before the start of the playoffs, family […]

  22. Fred Garvin says:

    You’ll pay for all the Jedi you’ve killed

  23. Fred Garvin says:

    Quit using your family as an excuse to get out of contracts Derek.

  24. Sten says:

    If the jew Cuban would not have been so arrogant and let go Steve Nash, he would very lilely still be playing in Dallas alongside of his friend Dirk. Steve Nash asked Cuban to match the offer of Phoenix Suns..but that wanted to show Nash who’s the boss.
    Nash left and gave him a nice bird by becoming the league MVP 2 years in row! It is possible that Dallas would have won second title if Nash stayed. I think it is very likely. Now they have no point guard and jew Cuban is not so arrogant anymore.. He is crying ! In fact Dallas is the third best team in Texas and none factor in NBA at the moment. They ain’t gonna make play-offs this year . This team is old and need rebuilding.

  25. Black Mama Worm 24 says:

    laker fans hurt because FISH pick OKC rather than SLOW EXPENSIVE MEDIOCRE LAKERS… Nash should have done it too… He should pick HEAT or OKC too. Give Fisher a break… How many times did Fisher save the lakers??? Buzzer Beaters,,,, He’s the one responsible on IVERSON during Lakers-Sixers Finals… Just be happy with the man… During those 5 rings, He have a big part of it too, Sad to see that there’s so many ungrateful laker fans… He didn’t bail on the MAVS.. He gave cuban an option because that time he was injured… He gave MAVS a chance to acquire player that is more useful for the Mavs franchise, than waiting for him to heal physically and mentally… MAVS didn’t do a thing, they should acquire more quality player…. and that is not FISHER’s problem anymore…

  26. Chris says:

    This is a hit piece by Caplan. Caplan is a jack%$#@ for writing this trash. Do you wonder why the NBA League office approved this article? I don’t, Fisher will be across the table as the opposition during the next contract deal, The NBA is trying to make Fisher look like the “bad guy” now so that he is not a threat during the next negotiations. They accuse Fisher of playing politics and they are the the ones guilty of playing dirty politics, and this jack@#$% Caplan (who is hired by the league) is writing this trash for them. Dont be stupid, dont believe everything you read. There is a reason this was written, and it is to turn public opinion against Fisher because in the eyes of the league, he is now the enemy. It will be interesting to see if the league lets this post.

  27. big jebb says:

    Derek wants another ring.To think dallas is going to make the playoffs is a big a joke as the lakers making the playoffs this year.

  28. Let'sGoNich_NY says:

    mark cuban should be glad. he got rid of a self-proclaimed leader. and put him to OKC. might strengthen the chances of OKC losing and MAVs will move up. #knicksfolife

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Nah. Against the Hornets earlier this week, new additions Ronnie Brewer and Derek Fisher actually played well. They can still make outside shots and, defensively, they each got at least one steal.

  29. Inglebert says:

    Derek please go to bobcats they need you to win championships!

  30. Only Business says:

    Hey we always hear the owners saying “it’s a business”
    so Fish did what was best for him business wise…makes sense to me.
    But I must admit it was sneaky and underhanded, I would lose respect for him if I was on his team and he pulled that BS.

  31. glyceman says:

    u mad bro?

    • BIG MAN 7 FOOT 2 says:

      lol what are you like 14 , only teenagers talk like that , u mad bro ? lol give me a break u sound like a clown

  32. let's go Celtics! says:

    who doesn’t want to win a championship? he knew at that time he played for the mavs that they’re not contenders anymore so i won’t blame him signing with OKC. OKC still needs a veteran with a lot of championship experience.

  33. D Fish is future coach says:

    With these leadership skills someday Fisher gonna be coach of some team, and i have no doubt that he gonna be great coach! mark my words.

  34. agp says:

    So teams can use players just as pieces for business sometimes being treated just as cattle without any kind of emotional attachment and players cannot use teams to their own benefit and business? If everything this article suggests is true then kudos to DF.

    • AJ Mills says:

      I agree. When teams do that, everyone shrugs and says “It’s a business.” Well, that goes both ways, and D-Fish definitely won this round.

      It’s funny how so many fans reflexively side with the teams/owners. Sorry, not shedding a lot of tears for Mark Cuban.

  35. Melvin says:

    I feel that Derek is not so suitable for OKC since they already had it’s own leader, KD.
    Derek is not always with the team so it is hard for him to create bond and motivates them.
    Hmm let’s see how he works this season.

  36. I’d hate to admit it cause i’m die hard Celts fan & fan of the game that’s played the right way- now correct me if i’m wrong but doesn’t Fisher have a few rings, so wouldn’t it be that teams interested in him because of his championship experience-i know because he pissed me off w/ a few big shots against my Celts back when he was a faker, i mean laker. 🙂 Look, he’s a decent pg who plays the right way-TEAM BALL. It wasn’t all kobe, Fish played an integral part in laker rings, got to give him some kind of props.

  37. Ahmed says:

    This guy is toxic, wonder if he is going to make some damage to thunder bench?

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      No, he stated Reggie Jackson has earned the right to get lots of playing time.

      Fisher will be more of a role-player.

      I was watching him against the Hornets and he actually played well. His shooting was off but he still can play backup point guard and he made a nice steal cause he has low center of gravity.

  38. Eli Odell J. says:

    lets go fishin’ for a championship
    – a better title
    you listenin to me mister newspaper man?

  39. Jonesy37 says:

    Hey all, think about it for a second. If you’re 38 and going round one more time, why wouldn’t you want to sign with a contender? he spent the majority of his career with the Lakers (and yes, he won champiopnships there), but he’s in the twilight of his career, why sign for anything less than a contender if you don’t have to? Oh, sorry, it was alright for Malone, Payton, Nash (Walton, anybody), but it’s not ok if you’ve already won a couple…

    Good luck to him, I say. I also don’t remember anyone having a problem with Robert Parish signing with the Bulls in the twilight of his career.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      If OKC wins it all this year, I reckon Fisher could play for at least one more season.

      He could have a great chance to tie Robert Horry with 7 NBA World Championships.

      He also has the chance to go out as a LEGIT World Champion. An undisputed NBA World Champion.

  40. Alok says:

    Always knew there was something fishy about Fisher.

  41. FisherClutch says:

    Fisher may be old, and a washed up roleplayer. But he brings leadership skills to the Thunder, and in every playoff performance he has been in he is always clutch.

  42. Patrickmarc says:

    Respect for Fisher, but now there are so many players much better than him.

  43. bball says:

    i can’t believe people are actually comparing fisher to nash. you gotta be kidding me. Nash is a future hall of fame. i’d love to see hin LA but he’s no nash. never was, never will be. lakers don’t need a leader, they have one. better coach would help. better bench would help. someone from the starting 5 not always being injured would help. and maybe isthey would play some defense. Good luck to fisher either way

  44. LMAO says:

    LMAO at all of the haters. Can’t stand to see Fish succeeding eh? Fish signing with OKC doesn’t lend credence to anything Whitlock’s lying, conniving azz said. It does the exact opposite. Fish has the right to sign with any team he chooses to as long as the team agrees. Who are any of you to say what he can and can not do? None of you have any clue what is going on in his personal life. He may have been dealing with some serious issues back during the Dallas time and apparently got it all sorted out. He never bailed on the Lakers when they weren’t doing well, he wouldn’t just bail on a team for that reason. Fish is upstanding and he’s the real deal. Because you don’t know what is going on and why he does what he does, does not make him a bad guy. The fact that you’re all so f*cken butt hurt over a man doing what he wants and needs to do with his own job is hilarious. Worry about your damn selves and your own jobs. I’m sure Fish could give 2 shyts about what any of you think.

    • Laketown true fan says:

      I am not jealous of fish just don’t agree on how he deal with teams that he didn’t want to play for. It’s my opinion that he could be honest about it without all the medical hoopla and all, you know? Like a man does.

  45. Matthew says:

    To ask to be released by a team just to resign to another team is a bit suspect…

  46. HMH says:

    Looks like a guy who likes to jump onto bandwagons…

  47. MJfromOKC says:

    Glad to see the old guy back in a Thunder uniform. With Ronnie Brewer and D Fish coming off the bench instead of all the younglings that we have acquired our bench is suddenly playoff worthy with Kevin Martin and Nick Collison also on there. Brooks has the option of resting either Russ or KD and using the non resting player in a three guard rotation with Martin and Fisher against other teams benches. That setup last year with Harden, Fisher, KD or Russ depending on which starter was resting was totally unstoppable until the Finals. We actually have a chance to get to the Finals this year now. Until the two recent roster additions I didn’t think we would make it.

  48. Henry says:

    Who would’ve thought there would be a reason to pull for Lebron and the Heat in the Finals if they face the Thunder?!

  49. qwertyuiop says:

    Fisher is weird.

  50. Mykey says:

    That’s TWO former Lakers that screwed the Mavs now….

  51. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    JEFF CAPLAN please complete ur story…
    Fisher did it also in GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS…
    he had done it several times…

  52. thunderup says:

    Please get this ring chaser off the Thunder. He’s the worst. Buys his out contract from Houston to ring chase last year. Signs with Dallas, leaves to spend time with his family, and is back at it again..

    I guess “spend time with family” loosely translates to “lets go ring chasing”. Fisher you’re the worst. Please leave. Please go away.

    • Treerollins says:

      Well said. This guy’s a joke. At least be honest and tell it like it is…you want a championship and see one last chance to get another one with OKC. Don’t pull this BS about family being the reason for leaving a team (again). Disgraceful.

    • Blaine says:

      Couldn’t have said it any better myself

  53. Arky says:

    The Thunder are kidding themselves if they think Derek Fisher is going to help them against the Heat this year any more than he did last year, especially since this year the Heat will have Norris Cole actually playing significant regular minutes in the 2nd unit. Fisher trying to stay in front of Cole should be entertaining.

    • lakersfan4life says:

      He played excellent last season with the Thunders that’s why the sign him again, Stop crying and move on.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Fisher won’t get as much playing time as he did last year. Especially with the up-and-coming Reggie Jackson backing up Westbrook. Thunder could use his leadership and, especially, his ability to knock down 3s.

      I just hope they start developing Jeremy Lamb more. He is also very capable of knocking down open 3s.

      Ronnie Brewer can also knock down open shots, though he’s known more for his defensive awareness.

      The Thunder have many, many, many weapons.

    • OKCKD35 says:

      That would be Reggie Jackson chasing cole there guy.

  54. Mike says:

    It’s pretty low of him to bail on Dallas but you still have to respect the guy.

    • June says:

      I lost respect when he did this… Too bad he was a good player but I feel like it’s more like Mike James being able to influence the two PG’s of the Mavs than Derek Fisher had all his lifetime…

    • Laketown true fan says:

      I am not rooting for fish anymore. First on Utah then on Mavs! tsk tsk, how low can you go?

  55. John says:

    Once a politician, apparently always a politician = once a scum, always a scum.

  56. BIG MAN 7 FOOT 2 says:

    this bum is finished , what do the thunder want him for , whats with these former lakers quitting on the mavs anyways , first lamar kardashian and now old man fish . can’t wait for “cubes” to sound off on this

    • June says:

      I’ll give props for the Mavs whether they win a title or not just because they’re trying to get back… Can’t help but feel that Carter is the big reason this season why the Mavs are just 4 1/2 games away from reaching the 8th spot

    • MrNBA says:

      No kidding. The MAVS need to fire whoever it is who keeps suggesting that signing ex-Laker players is a good idea.They all hate the MAVS! Every single one of them.

  57. patlen says:

    I find it a low trick it is like if Jordan signed with the Heat just to win a 7th ring. I didn’t even think this kind of thing could be done after the tradel deadine

    • Andy says:

      There is a trade deadline and then I think two weeks later a contract deadline.

      • June says:

        With all the teams learning what he did twice? I wonder who the team would want to have him on their side… Most definitely, he’ll ask the OKC office to keep him until the season ends yet again as he knows Dallas and Utah would say those two lettered word to him when he gets traded to them…

    • lakersfan4life says:

      He was a free to sign any where because Cubano released him, he wasn’t with the Mavs for him to be trade, What he did is legal. You need to learn a little NBA rules before you talk. GO FISHER.

  58. allaroundballer says:


    • lakersfan4life says:

      To all Mavs fans, Why he would go back to the Mavs when he has a better chance to win his 6 championship with the Thunders than the Mavs, and El Cubano never said to him that if he planning to come back and play, give him a call, and if you Mavs fans are upset for him to sign else where is because you Know what he is a good player and could have help the Mavs try to make the playoffs. GO LAKERS.

  59. Dmac from NZ says:

    Thunder need him

  60. LINs says:

    He’s a fool, a joke! I mean come on, number 6! Yeah yeah~ seems so convienet huh. Oh, i have family problems, please let me go. Then miracleously the problem is solved and oh, let me find a championship team. Ya, thats what u do derek. u old fool of a toot. home yourself please! Disgrace to the nba, a loser, a whinner. its so obvious, once a team is no longer championship material, i run. i run home and get my family to have problems. then i hide and wait. ah, okc is going to finals. ok, i sign with okc. yeah, i try and win again, then i can let kobe see i am better. when i get number 6, i will be discussed with the same breath as jordan! I get to be the goat! Yes!! Yes, you old fool, you old goat! so fake, so loser, thats what you are derek! a selfish arrrsss!! go sign with the bobcats u fool!!

    • SpursFan says:

      That seems pretty acurate. Such a whiner and a flopper

    • TheStarMiddleschooler says:

      Still have more NBA rings then you

      • LINs says:

        Rings mean nothing mate, ain’t wanna hog them. its too clear, we all see what we see, time and time again. u cant hide, you cant run. we all want to know the truth, we want the facts. its clear, i am a better person, i wind wind wind most of the time. no point in getting rings, when its so easy. even cuban is ashamed, i might come on. there are better pg, he can keep taking clutch 3s, and keep trying and trying. but we all see the truth, its all a loan. he didn’t earn them. i too will have rings, when my man houston wins. we run like no other, faster and stronger than anyone. u wan see my rings, out of this world. impluse impluse! kid, go and prepared to see my wing like no other. go back to middle school, i have rings. i buy them like fishes! just liker fisher! ahahahah, middleton!

        be prepared to see derek get crossed up by my man kyrie, left right centre out of the world to pluto, we hit them hard. even kd disrepected! come on! df has to go, back to his home to solve more problems, its too early to come, rw, kd, si all can see, its hard its clear, its a fake! i too can get ring, just sign me and we will have rings, please! peeeacceerr

      • June says:

        I don’t intend to get an NBA ring though… I’m a basketball fan but all I see in this is piggy back riding just so he can claim that the reason he got the players union leadership is because he’s got more rings than anybody. Fisher seems to just fish all day long… I’m pretty sure he’s bound to fail yet again. I just feel bad it’s with the Thunders yet again this season…

  61. cmoney says:

    Derrick Fisher is worse than Hitler.

  62. Nathan says:

    Fish will always be a laker

  63. Tom says:

    Fisher never intended to stick with the Mavs. Stayed just enough time to keep his union presidency and had the family clause built in from the start. Now after just 2 months he’s off to piggy-back another ring. Naive of me to think integrity was something players look for in a leader.

  64. Critic says:

    Good article. Both this and the one by Jason Whitlock. Not even going into the union issue, Fisher cheated Jazz first. His daughter had her doctors in the east and not the west (at least at that time). And now, the Mavs. Waiting for Cuban to speak up. It should be fun.

  65. zen garden says:

    just like he got out of utah when he said he needed doctors closer to newyork by joining the lakers

  66. Alex says:

    Lakers should have Derek Fisher back……………………………………………………………………….

  67. Patty says:



    • Blaine says:

      Yep awesome Leader as he’s looking for the closest door to run out of if your not a championship team.

    • Eli Odell J. says:

      stop the caps you tool

      • LaBaby says:

        Very good player… Clearly your definition of very good is different to everybody else’s.
        Fisher has leadership but has shown his true colours in dogging mavericks for thunder and a title shot. Good way to set the example mr president!!
        Play the game because love it!

      • TheStarMiddleschooler says:

        Eli Odell J. thank you! she/shem has been posting on every wall about lakers/knicks and wont stop CAPS

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  69. jerikobe says:

    no disrespect to fisher 5 rings,but he’s too old can’t contribute anymore… he’s not nash,jkidd

    • Patty says:


      • Patty says:


      • TheStarMiddleschooler says:

        Patty is your caps broken its kinda annoying….
        Fisher is a good role player who has good leadership and has more rings then most players in the NBA now back when he could contribute more often…If i was a Gm i wouldnt care about age unless its trading a star for another star or drafting a prospect. If you can shoot and have leadership i would sign you. I would have you play more relaxed and not play agressive (sorry spelling) like Dwayne Wade or Westbrook.

      • HOBO FISH says:

        Uncle FISH is notorious for this. If he isnt on a contending team he whines and leaves for “personal reasons”. I understand the first time may have been legit with his daughter but to then come back to the league after sayingt hat life is more than basketball and sign witht he Lakers. This whole scenarios witht he Mavs is the exact same thing just without the issue of his duaghter. What a sell-out. If he hadnt played with Kobe, Shaq/Gasol he would be nothing. Please dont compare this bum to Nash or Kidd who both have lead their teams multiple times on their OWN with no Kobe and not Shaq/Gasol. Just another excuse for Fish to ride the coattails of better players.