This week, the Thunder have recovered a bit from their back to back losses in Denver and Memphis by stampeding over the lowly Magic and Trail Blazers. Still, one problem remains paramount on everybody’s minds.
WHY IN SAM HILL ARE WE PLAYING SO MUCH DEREK FISHER?
The dude has missed his last 14 straight shots, has ceased to become a part of effective ball movement, and is a gigantic defensive liability. To be fair, I wrote a post over on Welcome to Loud City stating the ways you could and should use Derek Fisher. But, I’d still rather have anybody not named Daniel Orton playing ahead of him on this roster right now.
So, since Scott Brooks is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars more than you or I, let’s get inside his brain. I’ll list off all the reasons Scott Brooks insists on playing the Fish the isn’t saving anybody.
When recently asked about why he was playing Derek Fisher, other than intangibles, Scott Brooks responded with intangibles and experience. Experience is great and all, but there’s other guys on the Earth right now who could provide better experience at the backup guard spot. Ever heard of a guy named Bob Pettit, who’s currently a free agent?? He scored close to 30 points per game and consistently averaged more than 16 rebounds, leading the St. Louis Hawks to several division titles. So what if he’s 80? He’s got experience. That’s something you can’t get at the store.
Let’s face it: Scott Brooks is Derek Fisher. He just wasn’t as lucky. Instead of being attached to a really good team because he hit big shots and was cheap, he flew around from team to team during his NBA career. He was even unceremoniously traded away from the Rockets before they won their second championship in 1995. But, here, with Fisher, Scott Brooks can pretend that he’s the guy who won 5 NBA championships while riding the coat tails of Kobe. His connection with Fisher is so strong that he doesn’t even need to draw up plays for him, or coach him. And in this sense, I’m serious. Derek Fisher has no plays drawn up for him, and is mostly given the ball when the team can’t figure out what to do or need someone to shoot at the end of the shot clock. Gotta love it.
Scott Brooks Likes Tall Butts and He Can Not Lie
Has anyone else noticed that Derek Fisher’s ass starts around his shoulders? Maybe Brooks has a thing for that?
There’s just something Derek Fisher brings to the court that you can’t put into stats. You know, when he’s out there on the court missing threes, I think the other players are inspired by the majestically failing arc he puts on the ball. Or maybe when he’s running on a fast break and gets completely and utterly blocked by Amare Stoudemire, as you can see in the video above, other players think about how they could have simply dunked the ball and avoided that situation altogether.
Scott Brooks likes to confuse and irritate people
Maybe Coach Brooks is a passive aggressive guy and likes to irritate people. Basically, it’s his way of saying “I’m the coach and I can do what I want.” Seriously, look around the Peak whenever Brooks puts Fisher into the game in the 4th quarter. There’s so much head scratching going on in the arena that you would think everyone has lice.
Oklahoma City Needs a New Afternoon Sports Radio Host
It’s no secret that Jim Traber’s getting old, and nobody can really tell you how many days he has left on the air. WWLS is a big fish in this market, and they’re looking for some replacement talent. So, instead of having one of the worst quarterbacks in OSU history tantalizing the radio waves, why don’t we have one of the worst point guards in Thunder history do the same? I can’t wait for some of the conversations.
“Man, I remember when Nick Van Exel was injured, and Phil Jackson finally called my number. I was the starter for a championship team!”
“I had to face some of the toughest point guards in the league! Jason Kidd was just NASTY!”
“Hasheem Thabeet isn’t coordinated enough to play the game? Tell me, did you ever play in the BIG LEAGUES?”
“When we were in the locker room, Kevin Durant and I would just sit in our underwear and talk….”
“You see, you have to take a cheesecloth….”
Scott Brooks Absolutely HATES Robert Horry
For those of you who don’t know too much NBA history, Robert Horry is basically the luckiest role player in the history of the NBA. He won 7 championships on three different teams. By the end of his career, he was shooting atrocious percentages from the field and brought almost nothing to the table, but managed to stay on because he would hit big shots. Sound familiar? Robert Horry was on the Rockets’ 1994 Championship team with Scott Brooks. Something must have happened between them, and now Scott Brooks is living through Derek Fisher. Maybe Horry made fun of Brooks’ purple tie, or maybe Horry compared him to Scotty from Star Trek. He’s hoping that the Thunder can win two championships with Derek Fisher in the wings, equaling Horry’s silly record. FINALLY, HE WILL HAVE VENGEANCE!
Random Thunder Highlight of the Week:
The play might not look that impressive on a video screen, but in person, it’s tremendous. Players normally lob the ball in situations like that, or just stop the break and run a normal offense. But here, Reggie Jackson just wanted to embarrass the Trail Blazers. He managed to bounce pass the ball past three players, including Eric Maynor, for an easy Westbrook slam. This almost never happens on an NBA level, but it’s awesome to see And1 mixtape skills brought to the professional court.
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