Derek Fisher Eating Oklahoma City Thunder Bench Minutes
Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Scott Brooks has come under fire in recent weeks for the amount of playing time he’s given Derek Fisher, a man more often viewed as the beloved veteran presence during his career.
Fisher brought his five championship rings as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers to the OKC bench in late February after the Dallas Mavericks had released the vet in December. Despite gaining a reputation for knocking down jumpers over the past 17 years in the NBA, Fisher has hit an incredible cold streak with the Thunder and has now missed 18-straight shots, and counting.
“I’m obviously adjusting to a shorter role than I’m accustomed to playing,” Fisher, averaging 13.8 minutes per game with the Thunder, said via The Oklahoman. “Playing 12, 13 minutes a game, you have to be really ready to go right at it. When I go into a game, I’m not thinking just offense. As long as you’re taking good shots at the basket, I’m not worried about it, my teammates aren’t worried about it. I’ll keep taking those. I don’t know many teams that will just leave me open as time goes on.”
Fisher recorded over 14 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the Washington Wizards, compared to Thabo Sefolosha‘s 19-plus, Russell Westbrook‘s 25-plus and Kevin Martin‘s 22-plus in the 103-80 blowout. In this game the minutes didn’t hurt the Thunder in any game-changing way, but many would argue each moment he plays on the floor is hurting the Thunder — especially when it’s a Martin-Fisher backcourt unit that possesses no ability to play defense.
The Thunder visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-45) for a 7:00 p.m. CT tip-off tonight.