NBA Rumors: Derek Fisher Would Give Veteran Leadership to Upstart Brooklyn Nets
The team has made some shrewd offseason moves in an attempt to turn itself into a contender and this would be another one of those decisions.
Fisher, 37, isn’t going to be the biggest star on any team anymore. Deron Williams’ starting position is safe, but Fisher can come off the bench for 10 minutes a night.
Where the Nets would see the real benefit of Fisher’s addition is in the locker room and away from the bright lights of game day. It’s essentially the same role he played in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s run to the NBA Finals this past season.
The times when the cameras were off, Fisher was pushing his team to get better.
“Leadership: you can't put a win total on it, but you know the effect that it's having on our guys,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said last season (via the AP). “He talks, he communicates, he's a great leader. He's going to be a great leader in whatever profession he chooses after basketball.”
Looking at Brooklyn’s current roster, more veteran faces would balance out the youth and skill already signed for next season. Fisher was in discussions with the New York Knicks earlier this offseason, but those talks have stopped with Jason Kidd’s signing.
With the Los Angeles Lakers and the Thunder in 2011-12, Fisher averaged over 20 minutes a game, even in the playoffs, and 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in the regular season despite his minimized role. Simply put, the guy can still play.
Add in his championship pedigree—with five career NBA championships—and Fisher is well worth any risk to Brooklyn.
“He loves the game, he has passion for the game and he's a winner,” Brooks said. "I can never emphasize that enough: He's a winner, and you can never have enough of those on your team. He has won before. He has won at a high level and many championships.”
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