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 21, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The chase for Derek Fisher to acquire his sixth NBA title before Kobe Bryant officially begins. Fisher will play his first game with the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday against the Clippers after clearing waivers at 3 PDT Wednesday. He signed with the Thunder just two days after agreeing to a buyout with the Houston Rockets, who acquired him from the Lakers for Jordan Hill. After acquiring Ramon Sessions from Cleveland in a special trade, the Lakers expressed concern on how Fisher would handle a reserve role.
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.
April 21, 2012 |
Among the highlights of my conversation with the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry on the Lakers-Thunder game: --What he makes of the NBPA executive committee asking for Derek Fisher's resignation as president. --How Mayberry measures Fisher's shooting struggles and locker-room presence with Oklahoma City.
March 19, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Kobe Bryant's poor shooting performance in the Lakers' 103-99 loss Sunday to the Utah Jazz. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how the Lakers' poor defense and a bad shooting night from Bryant contributed to the Lakers' loss. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes how it's rare for the Lakers to lose at home. -- The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith credits the Jazz's win to its youth.
May 6, 2010 |
Few players in Lakers history have squeezed more from their potential than Derek Fisher , whose value jumps as the regular season fades and the playoffs intensify.... As Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz noted this week of his former teammate, "He doesn't look 35." … JaMarcus Russell's failure in Oakland is another indictment of Al Davis , who never should have taken him No. 1.... Noting that Manny Ramirez is due to come off the disabled list this week, reader Chris Foster of South Pasadena e-mails to suggest, "Seems like Mother's Day would be a perfect time for the return of someone noted for his intake of female hormones."
March 26, 2011 |
It's funny now, Chris Kaman getting ejected Friday night, telling Derek Fisher he'd be meeting him outside and Kobe Bryant asking, "What's Kaman going to do, shoot him with one of his bow and arrows?" But you know as well as Kaman does, Fisher just bugs you. There's just something about the guy, whether you're wearing the opponents' uniform and getting whistled for an offensive foul, or he's angering Lakers fans for being the team's weak link. So I wanted to know: "Is there an art to getting under people's skin?"
January 9, 2010 |
Derek Fisher has been struggling lately, sitting out the entire fourth quarter in three close games -- against Golden State, Sacramento and the Clippers. But Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't close to making a lineup change, preferring to stick with the 35-year-old instead of handing over the job to one of the 20-somethings, Shannon Brown or Jordan Farmar . In one breath, Jackson acknowledged the defensive shortcomings of the 14-year veteran. In the other breath, he stuck up for Fisher's steady hand on the court.