One more go around, then Derek Fisher is done.
Fisher has been a shell of his former self for a few years now on the court but has hit enough threes and been good enough in the locker room that he keeps getting deals. That includes one for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But after that the guard who will turn 39 before the start of the season is going to call it a day, reports ESPNLosAngeles.com.
It will be Fisher’s 18th season in the league, and he enters it with the intention that it will be his last, the source said.
Fisher will be entering his 18th NBA season. While he’s not a great player anymore he will have an impressive playing resume that includes five NBA titles and a host of memorable moments. Fisher was always a smart but fearless shooter, and while that led to some questionable choices at points it also led to him being one guy who never got tight and had the same stroke with the game on the line as he did in the second quarter. There’s a reason Kobe Bryant liked and trusted him.
When his playing days are over, Fisher can pretty much write his own ticket: I could see him as head of the players’ union, as a politician, as a broadcaster, working for the league office, pretty much anything. He’s smart and he’s a natural leader, he can succeed at a lot of different things.
We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.
Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.
There’s this overplayed angle talked about by some fans and pundits suggesting the Warriors just got lucky last season — for example, they faced a banged-up Rockets’ team in the conference finals then a Cavaliers’ squad without two of their big three through the Finals. Then there was Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers saying the Warriors were lucky not having to play the Clippers or Spurs in the postseason.
The Warriors are sick of hearing they were lucky.
Friday Klay Thompson fired back at Rivers, via CSNBayArea.com.
– “I wanted to play the Clippers last year, but they couldn’t handle their business.”
– “If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year (Warriors 3-1). I’m pretty sure we smacked them.”
– “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly. So haha. That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1 too?”
– “Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny. That’s funny.”
Warriors big man Andrew Bogut phrased it differently.
If you think the Warriors just won because they were lucky — you are dead wrong.
They were the best team in the NBA last season, bar none. They won 67 regular season games in a tough conference, then beat everyone in their path to win a title. Did they catch some breaks along the way, particularly with health? You bet. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant didn’t win a title without catching some breaks along the way, either. Nobody does. Luck plays a role, but it was not the primary factor in why the Warriors are champs.
All this talk of them getting lucky is fuel for the fire they needed not to be complacent this season. Way to give the defending champs bulletin board material, Doc.