Derek Fisher: Too early to determine playing, coaching future

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Derek Fisher plays what might be his last NBA game.
Derek Fisher plays what might be his last NBA game. (USATSI)

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher might have played his last NBA game on Saturday. He stuck around on the court longer than his teammates, understanding the significance of the situation, via Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. Afterward, he told reporters he's not going to take long with his decision about the next step, but he will not rush it either, and by Sunday's end-of-season media availability nothing had changed. He has been linked to the vacant New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers coaching jobs, which did say was "surreal to think about, for sure," via the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry.

Fisher will be 40 in August, and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks told the New York Daily News a couple of weeks ago that "it would make a lot of sense for Derek to coach in New York." Fisher said Saturday that he hadn't talked to Knicks president Phil Jackson about it yet, while Jackson told reporters on Friday that Fisher was definitely on his short list, via Newsday.

Oklahoma City big man Nick Collison spoke highly of Fisher on Sunday, via Daily Thunder's Royce Young:

“I don't know what Derek wants to do. We'd love to have him back as a player. He's very important to what we do. People don't see what he does behind the scenes, but the guy, he's incredible. He's different than any teammate I've had. The way he can address the team almost like a coach, but guys don't roll their eyes at him. He's one of us at the same time, he has this abilities like nobody else in terms of leadership.”

It'll be shocking of the five-time NBA champion isn't a coach at some point. It's more of a matter of when and where. We don't have those answers yet, but we might pretty soon.

 
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