March 19, 2012 |
In less than a week, Derek Fisher went from leading the Lakers locker room to suddenly looking for work. The Houston Rocketsofficially waived him Monday, four days after the Lakers traded Fisher and a first-round pick for Jordan Hill. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Fisher can sign with any team except for the Lakers once he clears waivers Wednesday. A statement released through his business manager Sunday evening indicated Fisher reached a buyout with the Rockets partly because "Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward.
March 18, 2012 |
A statement released by Derek Fisher's business manager suggested the Houston Rockets bought out his contract partly out of his hope to play on a championship-contending team. "After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout," said Jamie Wior, Fisher's business manager. "Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward.
March 21, 2012 |
Former Lakers guard and captain Derek Fisher was on Oklahoma City's active roster, meaning he was going to suit up and be able to play for the Thunder in the game against the Clippers Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Fisher admitted that he was “surprised” by the Lakers trading him to the Houston Rockets last Thursday after winning five NBA championships with L.A. Fisher was able to get a buyout from the Rockets, which opened the door for the 6-2 guard to sign with the Thunder Wednesday after he cleared waivers.
March 15, 2012 |
The Lakers lameted Derek Fisher's inconsistent shooting. But they marveled at his clutch shots. They fretted over his inability to stop young and quick point guards. But they admired his willingness to make key deflections and take key charges. Fisher hardly matched Kobe Bryant's talent. But he nearly matched his work ethic and toughness. And the list goes on and on. That's why it shouldn't be surprising Laker fans remain in what appears to be a state of contradictions.
June 12, 2009 |
No, no, no! The Lakers wanted a Finals with characters, like Mickey Mouse, Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy, not character, although they were getting more than they bargained for, at least for three games plus 47 minutes and 56 seconds. At that point, Derek Fisher buried a three-pointer to send Game 4 into overtime, where the Lakers proceeded to beat the Orlando Magic, 99-91, on Thursday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the series that seemed about to be tied.
December 22, 2012 |
The Dallas Mavericks have waived veteran point guard Derek Fisher. Fisher, who won five championship rings playing alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, joined the Mavericks in late November. He started nine games, averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists while shooting 43.5% from three-point range (but just 35.4% overall). Marc Stein of ESPN.com , who first broke the story, writes that Fisher's release was at his request, something that was in the works before Fisher strained his patellar tendon.
March 4, 2013 |
Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, joining the team for another playoff run. Earlier in the season, Fisher had signed with the Dallas Mavericks but asked out of his contract to spend more time with his family. On hearing Fisher was re-signing with the Thunder, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave a snide remark to the Dallas Morning News . "Look, I understand completely," Cuban said sarcastically. "From the time Derek was here to his signing with OKC, his kids are older, they can deal with things better. So I understand him having more comfort in being away from them.
April 20, 2012 |
Derek Fisher, the NBA players' union president since 2006, has been asked to resign by the executive committee. It appears that there is a behind-the-scenes power struggle between Fisher and Billy Hunter, the NBPA's longtime executive director, over a call for an audit and business review of the association's finances. The National Basketball Players' Union said in a statement Friday that its executive committee voted 8-0 on Wednesday to seek the resignation of the longtime Lakers and current Oklahoma City point guard.
February 25, 2013 |
Derek Fisher will get another chance to win a sixth NBA championship. The longtime Laker signed with Oklahoma City on Monday, joining the Thunder for the stretch run a second straight year. The 38-year-old Fisher has spent more than 12 of his 17 pro seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships alongside Kobe Bryant. Last season, Fisher was traded by the Lakers to Houston. After buying out of his contract with the Rockets, Fisher signed with the Thunder and played in 20 regular-season games and all 20 of the team's playoff games.
March 29, 2012 |
Derek Fisher was back at Staples Center, talking to reporters near the unfamiliar walls outside the visitors' locker room. Exactly two weeks had passed since he was traded to Houston in a salary dump for seldom-used forward Jordan Hill, but Fisher didn't crucify the Lakers' front office. He offered only a mild rebuke for management's failure in communicating after he was traded. Fisher, 37, played almost 13 years for the Lakers. He negotiated a buyout with Houston last week and immediately joined the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting waived by the Rockets.