Don't dare refer to Derek Fisher as “coach.” Not now, perhaps not ever.

Despite presumptions to the contrary, Fisher is not inching closer to a career in coaching.

“I don't envy NBA coaches, I really don't,” the 38-year-old Fisher said during his exit interview with media two weeks ago. “I love the game and I love the details and nuisances of trying to be your best on a daily basis, but I have been so fortunate to play for so long I don't know if I want to transition into something as so grueling and grinding and stressful as coaching.

“I would like to find something a little less stressful. As most athletes find out it is hard to leave something you've loved for so long. I can't say ever, but definitely not at the top of the list at this point.”
A future in politics perhaps?

“No. No way. Not a chance on that one,” said Fisher, who has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association since 2006. “At one point there was some slight interest, but that has gone to zero.”

Do players still call you Barack Obama?

“No,” said a smiling Fisher. “Talk about (Obama) having a tough time right now, losing a basketball game isn't that big of a deal.”

Future employment with the NBA?

“No,” Fisher responded quickly.

After 17 seasons in the NBA, Fisher is not ready to be put out to pasture just yet. He still has something to offer on the court.

Fisher certainly proved this during his two partial seasons with the Thunder. If Fisher, an unrestricted free agent, is willing to play for minimum wage next season, perhaps general manager Sam Presti might re-sign him a third time.

Some OKC fans might freak out if that happens, but no one inside the Thunder locker room would have any complaints, particularly coach Scott Brooks.