(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — For 13 of his 15 first NBA seasons, point Derek Fisher was a core member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher though, was traded earlier in the month to make way for new point guard Ramon Sessions. Now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Fisher made his return to the Staples Center.
The now 37-year-old Fisher received a standing ovation before the game started as the Lakers showed highlights of his career in a Lakers jersey. The video also displayed the message “Thank for all you’ve done.” He came into the game with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter and received a thunderous ovation from the Laker fans.
“This city and these fans and everyone that I grew close to over the years, they and this place will always, always hold a very special place in my heart, and that will never change,” Fisher said. “But, due to a number of different circumstances, I’m Oklahoma City now and I’m extremely happy to be here.”
Fisher’s return to Los Angeles was a good one, as the Thunder handled the Lakers 102-93. The Thunder extended their record to 39-12, which is the best mark in the Western Conference. Fisher played a total of 16 minutes, scoring seven points.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN