Go ahead and welcome back Derek Fisher with open arms. Give him his old locker at the arena and his old parking spot at the practice gym. Let him wear No. 37 again.
Or if he wants to wear No. 38 because that's how old he is now, that's cool, too.
Just don't give him Reggie Jackson's minutes.
Or Thabo Selolosha's.
Or Nick Collison's.
The Thunder brought back Fisher on Monday, signing the veteran point guard to a contract that covers the rest of this season and filling its final open roster spot. It also replicated the move it made bringing in Fisher a year ago. It's a fine decision by the Thunder; Fisher did help the team make the NBA Finals last season.
But as the playoffs went on, the Thunder leaned on him more and more.
Here's hoping that doesn't happen again.
Fisher is joining a Thunder team in a different spot than it was a year ago. When he was brought in last season, the Thunder needed him to be its back-up point guard. Eric Maynor had torn his knee, and Jackson, then a rookie, just wasn't quite giving Scott Brooks what he wanted.
Derek Fisher's return a good thing as long as Thunder doesn't lean on him too much
The Oklahoman | Feb 26