Being three wins away from a sixth NBA title, Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder is close to putting the icing on the cake of an extremely successful NBA career. Even though Fisher is on the verge of being mentioned with the likes of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and arguably the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan with six NBA titles, Fisher takes no pleasure in potentially winning one more title than former teammate Kobe Bryant.
Fisher was asked about whether or not he’ll be rubbing it in the next time he talks to Kobe if he wins a sixth ring via Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:
“I don’t necessarily gain pleasure from seeing people that I’m close to not reach certain goals they have for themselves and their team. To me it’s kind of sacred ground. I’m not going there. Some people will, but not me.”
After the Miami Heat bounced back in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to even the series at one game apiece, Fisher and the Thunder will have their work cut out for them heading to South Beach for the next three games. The series format 2-3-2 in the Finals doesn’t exactly work in favor for the Thunder after losing Game 2 on their home floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the team remains optimistic about forcing a Game 6 or closing out the Heat in Miami.
Once the Finals are over and a new NBA champion is crowned, Fisher will head into free agency once again come July 1 after letting it be known that he has no intention of retiring. With the new CBA rules restricting Fisher’s return to the Lakers until March 15, the five-time (possibly six-time) NBA champion will either be looking to re-sign with the Thunder or gauge interest among title contenders around the league for a one or two-year deal.