Fisher is who he is. NBA GMs know it. Why does he keep getting signed?
Because teams know he can play and contribute, he's a solid professional.
He certainly doesn't have the level of talent that would cause teams to
sign him if he were viewed as a head-case, team chemistry problem or bad
citizen. He went to OKC for the same reason Ray Allen went to
Boston and then to Miami. Are we supposed to have mixed feelings about him as
well. I thought players were supposed to want to win.Am I to
believe Fisher is so smart he's able to manipulate and take advantage of
NBA GMs and owners...I think those folks can take care of themselves.Fisher's workplace is the NBA where players who don't look out for
themselves are subject to the whims of teams who rarely show the type of loyalty
that the article seems to imply Fisher lacks. I've certainly
got no issue with him as a player or a person.
No worries...if it doesn't work out coaching, or it does and he wants a
bigger contract, I suspect he will see he needs to move closer to LA then move
to Miami or something.This guy has to one of the most successful
phonies ever, Say one thing and do the opposite and come out smelling like a
rose.What goes around comes around Fish.
Wow and if he joins NY he will win another Ring! What a great guy!!
As a Golden State Warriors who knows more than a thing or two about professional
sports. You people need to stop isolating Derek Fisher and his contract.
All owners and players in professional sports re-do or renegotiate there
contract before it is due. Whatever the reason.Quit being so judgemental
of someone else's situation until your own backyard is cleaned up. It
isn't your place to judge whether he is honorable or not.
Any of us would do what it takes to get the best out of a situation. I would
leave my current job for a better one. But Fisher's difference is that he
was under a contract, I'm not. We honor contracts, he doesn't.
Rock's take on this is dead-on, somehow Fisher comes out of all this
unscathed. The majority of people would be marked for life if we were as
dishonest and self-interest seeking as Fisher yet he's on the verge of a
coaching deal in a major market. He hasn't had to earn his stripes. He
got lucky to be on the Lakers and to be loved there, when the time was right he
went back. And Phil Jackson happened to be the coach, now Phil is pulling him
into his next gig. I've worked with lucky people like this and it drives
me crazy, all the benefits without working the way up the ladder like the rest
I've always felt the same way about Fisher. I agree with Rock's
perspective on the offcourt stuff but I also don't like the player he is
(alluded to with the 30 minute 0-0-0 he put up). He seems almost as
likely to hit a key 3 as he is to miss the basket by two feet. When asked during
the playoffs how he missed so many open jumpers for the lakers a few years back,
he blamed it on guys hitting his arms though he was always wide open. Most of
all, his antics on defense where he is always trying to cause refs to call fouls
by grabbing onto guys and flopping all over he place. I am equally
flabbergasted as to why anyone would buy his line of bull but some appear blind
to it or maybe they just consider him a great tactician with no moral hang ups.
Maybe that's good for a head coach but I agree that there is no substance
to him and that his true colors will be revealed running a team.
sounds like crying over spilled milk to me, what Fisher did here was done years
ago and by rehashing it you can bring up bad feelings.Be glad he is
not being asked to be the Jazz coach, although with the current GM nothing is
out of the question. Fisher might be the only candidate who is less popular
than the old U of U coach.The Jazz say they are going to pick the
coach maybe after the draft as they like to do things by comittee yet I see no
comittee on the bench during the game, no comittee during the press conference
after a loss and no comittee being fired after bad seasons.In order
for the comittee idea to work they have to have skin in the game. Lindsay is
having everyone (short of a coach) agree on the players to choose and then they
will all be in agreement when the team stinks it is the coaches fault.I wonder what would happen if after the first loss the coach would say to the
press, "these new players stink I don't know why anyone would choose
I would say manipulative and disingenuous all tied up in a slick bow.
The guy is phony - just say it.
The guy is basically dishonest...He doesn't deserve the attention he's
He certainly has lived a charmed life, hasn't he? A kind of Fisher King,if
you will. If karma does exist however, his stint as a coach or GM will be
Very good article and great comments above. Fisher, although he handles himself
outwardly with class, is obviously about doing what's best for himself,
regardless of how it affects the team that he is contractually obligated to.
What he did to the Jazz in order to get out of his contract still stings. Rock hit it right on concerning the irony of Fisher using his daughter
to get out of his contract by saying that he would seek medical help in New York
(although Salt Lake has a tremendous cancer treatment facility available here),
and then signed with Los Angeles. And now lightning has struck twice, as
evidenced by what he did to Dallas in order to play for a
championship-contending team in Oklahoma City.Just like the
expression "a leopard doesn't changes his spots," Derek Fisher will
never change who he is or what he'll do to further himself.
As a big OKC fan I was not complaining when he signed with the Thunder. He has
his bad side though, so from a view of Fisher on a personal level, he is a
He'll be closer to medical people for his daughter...Right?
ROCK you are the MONSTER.... Thank you if I would have said this my wife would
have said I am being crazy once again... Thank you for being right on TARGET of
the ever elusive fisher..
Fisher is more like a lawyer who believes contracts are like works of art - they
can mean anything you want! He knows the Collective Bargaining Agreement by
heart because he helped write it. Its not surprising he squeezes through so many
loopholes since he created most of them. I have every confidence
Fish will "get his way" and be a head coach and he will be a complete
disaster at it. A prerequisite for being a successful coach is to
have the loyalty of your players. That requires trust, and Fish doesn't
have much of a track record when it comes to earning that.