Derek Fisher wasn't cherished enough by Lakers management to be held on to at the NBA trade deadline, getting dumped to the Houston Rockets with a first-round draft pick in a payroll-saving move.
But Fisher did get one more moment in the Staples Center sun Thursday night, when the Lakers played a tribute video expressing thanks to Fisher for his contributions over the years. Fisher was back to face the Lakers after landing with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a backup as he tries to win his sixth NBA championship.
Fisher didn't watch the whole video because he was gearing up for the game with some new teammates, but he did salute the crowd at the end of it. He received another partial standing ovation when he entered the game -- and he didn't stop there: Fisher uncharacteristically scored seven points in seven minutes, making 3-of-5 shots from the field, to cut into the Lakers' early lead.
The Thunder dominated the second half and beat the Lakers, 102-93.
Before the game, Fisher had told reporters he could've been able to deal with a lesser role with the Lakers, who acquired point guard Ramon Sessions in a separate trade on deadline day.
"It goes against and flies in the face of, not only of who I've been in the NBA, but the type of player I've been in every group that I've been a part of," Fisher said of not being a team player. "I was raised on team sports, and that always stood for sharing and sacrifice and giving of yourself so the group can succeed. So that's what I'm explicitly focused on doing for the Thunder now."
The Lakers move on to play the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, but their home record has dropped to 20-5.
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