Derek Fisher wants to keep playing

Even after his contract is up with the Oklahoma City Thunder this year (if he makes it to the end of the year), Derek Fisher is not ready to retire.  Sure, the aging guard has "retired" a couple of times now, but there's no reason to think he'll actually retire, right?

According to an Associated Press report, Fisher does not plan to retire.  He said his knee was the real problem, and rather than rehab with the team, Fisher wanted to spend time with his family.  He now feels good and feels like he can continue playing.

"I'm not planning on retiring at the end of the season but if this is my last season, I deserve this opportunity to be here with this group," Fisher said. "So, that's really what brought me back."


Fisher is in his 17th NBA season.  He won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has a real shot at a sixth if the Thunder can live up to the hype.  They are a good team, but the Heat took them down last year.

In his career, Fisher has averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per game.  He played earlier in the season for the Dallas Mavericks.  It was a short-lived stint, but Fisher averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game during that time.

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