Russ on Fisher: ‘I just sit back and watch’
After being waived by Houston, (Derek) Fisher said he had inquiries from five teams, including the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. The 37-year-old opted to play behind Westbrook, a Los Angeles native who grew up watching Fisher. With nine players on the active roster born after 1985, Oklahoma City certainly needed some veteran help.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins also welcomed a voice in the locker room bigger than his.
“He’s won five rings,” Perkins said. “Now I can kind of shut up around here and listen to him.”
With three NBA Finals appearances since 2008, the Lakers are so experienced that Fisher’s voice might have sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher. But after a win over the Heat last Sunday, Fisher told his new teammates that the Lakers lost two straight after beating the same Eastern Conference power. The Thunder listened.
“He’s a real professional and knows how to prepare himself for different things,” (Russell) Westbrook said. “I just sit back and watch.”