Derek Fisher’s Impact Still Felt in Dallas
“Just try to be more of a consistent three-point shooter in this offense, especially around Dirk,” Darren Collison says of Rick Carlisle’s clear expectations for him. “I think guys are going to eventually leave me, or leave O.J. [Mayo] or whatever the case may be and we’ve got to be ready to knock that shot down. I think Derek Fisher did a good job of doing that his whole career and now I have my opportunity and just continue to get better behind the arc.”
Though Fisher played just a handful of games for the Mavericks, he left a lasting impression on Collison.
“I think it was more of his mannerism,” says Collison. “He didn’t really say much, but you could see by his actions, the things he did off the court, he was a professional. He always said the right things, he wasn’t negative, always positive with his teammates, and I think that’s the most important thing that I learned from him.”