A veteran player jumping on a championship contender’s roster late in the season has been done before, but Derek Fisher has set the new precedent.
It is common knowledge that a player of Fisher’s caliber can join a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder midseason and put himself in position to win another championship ring. A ring would be a victory much more enjoyed with the men he struggled with for the last several seasons, but veterans cannot be choosers—at least not veterans outside of their prime years.
Fisher will not be a perennial member of OKC’s lineup, and coach Scott Brooks can handle his presence in that respect. The last thing Brooks needs is someone to interrupt the guard rotation that keeps Russell Westbrook’s confidence soaring. As witnessed previously, a troubled Westbrook is no good for OKC’s run in the playoffs.
Hereby, we have established the “Fisher Rule." Veterans who are no longer amply desired by their former franchises on a quest for that last moment of greatness.
The "Fisher Rule" keeps veterans in mention or at least it perpetuates relevance. Fisher was not the first to follow this path, which had already been blazed, and he will not be the last.
As soon as this summer, we will be bombarded with reports of veterans who have spent the last several years riding on the brinks of retirement, being shuffled towards championship contending franchises for the thrill of one last parade.