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Fisher Comments on Possible NBA Return
Wednesday, Aug. 3
"On-court workouts have been part of my regimen since I played my last game," Fisher tweeted. "If an NBA team expresses interest, I'm open to dialogue, but at the moment I have no steadfast plan to play again."
Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported Wednesday the 41-year-old veteran has been working out and is "exploring options and expressing interest in playing again."
Fisher Posts Video of On-Court Workout
Tuesday, August 2
The update comes one day after Fisher caused a buzz by posting a video on Facebook that showed him doing some on-court work with the message: "Working on being a better me. Loving every minute of this journey." He added a series of hashtags, including "I'm not done yet":
Fisher's Future Uncertain After Firing as Knicks Coach
The Knicks fired Fisher in February after less than two seasons in charge. While he posted a lackluster 40-96 record during his first stint on the sidelines, he was also in a high-profile altercation with NBA player Matt Barnes last October.
Following his dismissal in New York, Fisher wrote a piece entitled "Truth" for The Cauldron in which he denied the incident had anything to do with his firing:
At no time did anyone at that meeting express to me that stories about my personal life were distracting from the collective task at hand, or — more important — that any of my players had expressed to management that they had lost confidence in me as their coach. Nothing remotely like that was ever brought up or discussed.
That's why I was shocked when stories like that surfaced in the media.
Off-court problems or not, he faces a long road back to an NBA rotation if that's his goal for the upcoming season.
Fisher last played with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2013-14 season. He failed to make much of an impact, averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field across 81 appearances. His role diminished even more during the team's playoff run.
He's a five-time NBA champion, so his apparent comeback attempt is probably going to generate plenty of attention, and some teams in need of point guard depth such as the Houston Rockets may keep tabs on him. But it would qualify as a surprise if he's on a roster when the regular season gets underway.