Can Fisher Follow Jason Kidd’s Blueprint?
The Dallas Mavericks are hoping Derek Fisher can do for them what Jason Kidd did the previous five years — bring them some savvy leadership at the point guard position.
Kidd was a major influence on not only the Mavericks’ point guards, but also on the entire team with his leadership and the calming influence he brought to the court. The Mavericks are expecting the same thing from Fisher, who they signed to a one-year, pro-rated contract Thursday.
“When you’ve had the likes of Jason Kidd on this team, that’s a really tough act to follow,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks’ president of basketball operations. “This gives us an opportunity to add someone that’s got a little bit of experience and knows what it takes to win, and it’ll give us a little bit of that influence.”