Derek Fisher felt Lakers shut the door pretty hard on him with trade

Getting traded isn’t easy for many athletes, particularly when you’re in your 13th season with a club for whom you’ve won five championships. That’s why getting dealt to Houston at the deadline wasn’t easy for former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher.

Fisher signed with the Thunder after the Rockets waived him, and he beat his former team Thursday night. He talked about the trade Thursday with Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.

“I think the door was shut pretty hard in terms of how [the trade] happened,” Fisher said. “Obviously, the team felt they needed to move on. I have as well.”

“I’ve always thought there are different ways to handle trades and waiver-type situations where there can be some more communication – not necessarily far in advance but enough not to have to find out from the mailman or at the post office that you’ve been traded,” Fisher said. “And I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case, but I did wake up and I was traded. That’s the part that shocks you more than anything.”

I understand where Fish is coming from, but if you’re the Lakers, all you have to do is look at the way Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol behaved after learning they were part of trade talks. Odom’s feelings were hurt so badly he felt his relationship with the Lakers was irreparable so they dealt him to Dallas. Gasol played several games tentatively because he was unsure about his future. Keeping players’ names out of trade rumors helps them focus and perform better, so the Lakers probably didn’t want to risk telling Fisher he was being shopped in case a trade didn’t go through.

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Derek Fisher chose jersey No. 37 with Thunder to show Lakers he’s proud of his age (Picture)

Derek Fisher was traded by the Lakers to the Rockets last week and was bought out by Houston. Oklahoma City signed him after he cleared waivers and he made his Thunder debut Wednesday. Fisher scored five points in 19 minutes in a win over the Clippers. He explained his decision to change jersey numbers from two to 37.

“Especially this season, it seemed to be a negative thing that I was 37,” Fisher said after the game. “So I just wanted to send a message that the Thunder organization and I see it as a positive that I’m a guy that can still help a team be successful and compete for a championship at the age of 37.”

Fisher saw good minutes in his first game with OKC and they seem excited to have him. Coach Scott Brooks praised Fisher as a winner and said you can never have too many winners in the locker room. Even if he’s proud of it, Fisher’s old age will be the reason he’s not in the league much longer.

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Even Lamar Odom was surprised Lakers traded Derek Fisher

There were plenty of trade rumors concerning the Lakers prior to Thursday’s deadline, but very few, if any of them, involved Derek Fisher. That’s why it was so shocking to hear the Lakers had dealt their team leader to Houston. Even former Laker Lamar Odom, who was stunningly traded to Dallas before the season, was surprised.

“I’m a little bit surprised, but you never know,” Odom told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “It’s a business. You never know.

“That’s the way it goes. Business is business, as injuries are. You still have a job to do,” Odom said.

You would think of all people Lamar Odom would be the least surprised by the trade since it happened to him, but that just shows how unexpected the deal was.

The Rockets said they will buy out Fisher’s deal making him available to other teams. Someone will pick him up, but not the Lakers — they can’t get him back until next July. Fisher doesn’t offer a ton to teams, but he is good in the locker room and he can still make a big shot in the clutch.

Mo Williams: Derek Fisher Is the Hines Ward of the NBA

The Lakers beat the Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center 112-104. Center Chris Kaman was ejected at the end of the game after setting a pick on Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, whom he felt came up too high while fighting through it. The two got into an argument and Kaman reportedly said he’ll see Fisher in the parking lot afterwards.

Kobe was asked for his response after the game and said the NBA was full of fake tough guys (like Chris Bosh). He then made a crack about Kaman fighting with a bow and arrow. The whole mini-feud was actually becoming mildly amusing before Mo Williams played the trump card on twitter Saturday.

Williams wrote “If yall didn’t know, D Fish is the Hines Ward of the NBA. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not. But don’t let that nice guy fool u.”

In case you don’t understand the reference, Hines Ward is often called the dirtiest player in the NFL. Mo is exactly right. Fisher comes off as a well spoken, friendly guy with a smile, but he really is a guy who loves initiating contact. If you don’t agree, just look at this and compare it to this and then let me know what you think. Looks pretty similar to me.

Derek Fisher Emotional After Game 3

The Lakers beat the Celtics 91-84 on Tuesday night in a pivotal Game 3 win in the NBA Finals. With Kobe Bryant having an off night and not scoring almost the entire fourth quarter, point guard Derek Fisher stepped up and took over for the Lakers. Fish scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a huge coast-to-coast layup and one with under a minute left that gave the Lakers a seven point lead. Because Fisher had been widely viewed as the weak link in the Lakers’ starting five, coming through for the team in such a crucial situation overwhelmed him. After the game, Derek Fisher was emotional in his interviews:

I will raise my hand and admit I was one of the people who said the Rondo/Fisher matchup would be a big advantage for Boston, but I did note that Fisher has the ability to makeup for his spotty defense with good offense. So far he’s done that: Fisher shot 47% on threes against the Thunder, had a big Game 3 in Utah, and he shot quite well in Games 3 and 5 against the Suns. On another team with less talent, Fisher would be exposed. On the Lakers where he’s a role player, Fisher has been making it count and his Game 3 performance may turn out to be the difference in this series. (That, and Ray Allen’s 0-13 FG after a record-breaking performance in Game 2).

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Video: Derek Fisher Checks Luis Scola with Elbow, Should be Suspended

The way Laker fans were acting following Fisher’s stinker in Game 1, they might actually be happy if Derek Fisher were to be suspended for Game 3 against the Rockets. Luis Scola seemed to be in the middle of every tussle in the second half of Game 2 Wednesday night against the Lakers, getting into it with Lamar Odom late in the third quarter. So when Scola went to set a screen on Derek Fisher, he got leveled. Check out this hockey-style check by Fish that resulted in a flagrant 2 ejection:

Fisher’s intention to make contact and hurt Scola, while leading with his elbow, makes me say this is suspension worthy. It will be up to the league so who knows what they’ll do (Scola’s flop-job won’t help Fisher, either). Maybe this is just the sort of thing that will make the Laker fans happy — not that they want 17 minutes of Farmar jacking up threes instead.

Foul on Derek Fisher or No Foul?

I suppose another way of asking the same question is: should the refs be blowing the whistle that late in the game? In case you missed the close play or want to see it again, here it is, because it’s pretty clear there’s a lot of contact.

That looks a lot like a foul, and I’ll go on the side that says Brent Barry should have been put on the line. But it’s not something I’m going to waste much oxygen on. The Lakers were in charge the entire game, leading the whole way. If the Spurs wanted to win, they had 48 minutes to ensure the game wouldn’t be put in the referees’ hands for the final seconds, which they let happen. Now one conspiracy theory issue is something BP pointed out at Awful Announcing prior to the game: Joe Crawford was reffing it. The same Joe Crawford who kicked Duncan out of a game last year for laughing. No nonsense Joe Crawford, who was responsible for the non-call on Fisher. I wouldn’t blame him for the loss — far from it — but I do think this is a great side note.