It looks like another person will be out for the Dallas Mavericks for a while now. Derek Fisher will be out at least for the next week.
The team announced that he has a patellar tendinitis. They also said that he will not join the team on their road trip to face the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs. He will be reevaluated next week.
Fisher signed with the Mavericks on Nov. 29. Since joining the team, he is averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists per game. Plus, he’s averaging 25.4 minutes a game.
With Fisher out, it may hurt the team in a few ways. However, it could also let one individual get his starting job back.
Darren Collison has been benched since the Nov. 27 and that was because of his inconsistency. He lost his job to Fisher, which was one of the main reasons why the Mavs signed and that was for him to start.
Collison now has a chance to win his starting job back. The way he has been playing lately shows that he is unhappy with his current role.
Tonight when they host the Miami Heat, he will be given a chance to show why he deserves to start. However, it is up to him. If he fails to show up like he has during the course of this early season, then he may not be starting during their road trip.
Even with Fisher out, the Mavs may use Dominique Jones to start in Fisher’s place if Collison does not perform well tonight.
That is one way Fisher being out for the team will hurt. He also brings some maturity to the team and gets respect in the locker room.
With his five NBA championship rings, who wouldn’t get that automatic respect?
Now with Fisher not joining the Mavs during this short road trip, that maturity may stay home as well. That is why he is so important to this team: it is just that presence that he has that calms and sparks a team.