The Oklahoma City Thunder made the ultimate statement last night with their 102-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, but it was also an opportunity for Derek Fisher to make a smaller statement in his homecoming to his old stomping grounds. Fisher received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Forum, but he says he’s also quite glad to be in his new environment with the Thunder.
“This city and these fans and everyone that I grew close to over the years, they and this place will always, always hold a very special place in my heart, and that will never change. But, due to a number of different circumstances, I’m in Oklahoma City now and I’m extremely happy to be here,” Fisher said.
“This is a very special situation. Just a great group of players, a great group of guys, the staff, the community was just the right fit at the right time coming off what took place. I’m just as happy as I can be considering everything that’s gone on. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing some basketball tonight in front of what used to be the home crowd. But, coming in as a visitor, I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.”
Of course, when any team is at the top like the Thunder have been all season, it’s not surprising to hear such rhetoric. The Thunder have to hope that Fisher not only brings experience and chemistry to the team but a solid back-up point guard to help spell Russell Westbrook down the stretch. To this point, the team has rallied around their newest addition and it seems like a solid marriage overall.