Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  21 responses

Derek Fisher Not Thinking About Retirement

The aging DFish has no intent to ride off into the sunset, which must make Laker fans feel just wonderful on the inside. The OC Register reports: “Derek Fisher will be 37 before he plays another NBA game — 38 if he, as NBA players’ union president can’t help prevent last season from being lost to work stoppage — but he is not considering retirement at all. ‘That’s not even a thought,’ Fisher said Tuesday. Fisher said the Lakers didn’t get better this season, saying: ‘Sometimes you think you have it figured out.’ He expressed confidence the team, as constructed, would succeed next season. ‘I’d take the same exact group of guys and line ‘em up and lace ‘em up and we’d get the job done,’ Fisher said. ‘That’s what I believe can and will happen.’ Fisher accepted the past failure as being related to the grind and success the Lakers experienced. ‘In a sense, we were set up to have a fall at some point,’ he said. ‘But I don’t think anyone imagined or envisioned us falling in this way. … This feels worse than losing in the Finals in ’08. … Losing this early, it’s a totally different animal to have to wrestle with.’”

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  • Riggs

    did he forget the losses during the regular season? he needs to call it quits.

  • grenners

    If he retires Kobe will stay on 5 rings. Kobes never won anything without him.

  • Stylez G.Write

    In related news,29 NBA not thinking about Derek Fisher…

  • http://twitter.com/djys DJ YS

    Getting paid, getting paid….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    You guys remember Dfish with hair?
    Long time ago….

  • Yesse

    I doubt he will start anymore, lol.

  • 1982

    I don’t doubt that he’ll start, I just hope that he won’t. Guards go first, barring injuries, DFish. Shaq and Robert Parish are prime examples. If you want to be a 38 year old starting PG, you need to have Nash’s soccer stamina or Kidd’s game. You have leadership and experience left, which is perfect for the bench.

  • Drew

    He needs to be the 3rd string PG.

  • SpursFan

    Derek, it’s about that time.

  • Stillballin

    Retire already..

  • JL

    maybe starting will help steve blake’s confidence.

  • robb

    It’s OK if he doesn’t retire, just bring CP3 and let Fish play some minutes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He’s my 3rd stringer in 2K11…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Maybe he should think about retiring after the appalling job he did on Barea in the Mavs series.

  • Abdo

    derek fisher is straight fu#@ing garbage

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    He should be thinking about it. Unless he already is gonna hang it up.

  • kudos

    He should retire. He hit some big shots in the playoffs, but his lack-of-defense had every competent point guard doing whatever he want’s on offense against the lakers. I’m sure he’s just in it for the money, which is good for his family, but not for the lakers.

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    he should bring back the on-the-ears-headband. wtf was that?

  • giogolo

    c’mo already Fish. make urself useful this time. )

  • Mike From Spain

    I was thinking on my way to the office ‘DFish should just retire and stay in the Lakers as an assistant coach doing one thing or the other’. Lo and behold, now I see this news item… he should retire!

  • Martin

    its time for him to retire. with all the younger point guards out there he does not stand a chance. he can take a coaching role if he wants to stay close to the game to mentor young lakers but no more playing. he admitted he was dealing with the lockout situation during the playoffs. focus anyone?