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Recalling Derek Fisher’s brief and forgettable stint with the Dallas Mavericks
Derek Fisher is best remembered for winning five rings while sharing the backcourt with Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers. The two were both drafted in 1996 and spent 12 years at teammates. Fisher was the starting point guard for four of the Lakers’ five championship teams from 2000 to 2010.
The Mavericks had bad luck acquiring ex-Lakers. They signed Fisher as a free agent in November of 2012. He was the team’s starting point guard for nine games. The 38-year-old was averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 assists in 25.4 minutes per.
Then, Fisher asked the Mavericks for his release to spend more time with his family. Mark Cuban and the Mavs granted it only for Fisher to sign with the Thunder later that season. It left everyone in Dallas feeling a bit upset.
Fisher played one more season with Oklahoma City before retiring in 2014. Later, he became the Knicks head coach for two seasons. Fisher was fired after 54 games of Kristaps Porzingis’ rookie year in New York. He may have five rings as a player, but few Mavericks fans want to remember his time in Dallas.
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