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Why In The World Is Derek Fisher Thinking About Making An NBA Comeback?

Submitted by on August 4, 2016 – 10:32 amNo Comment
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Derek Fisher is set to turn 42 next week, so the absolute last thing on his mind right now should be an NBA comeback. And yet, Fisher—who coached the New York Knicks for more than a year before getting fired after a slow start during the 2015-16 NBA season—is reportedly thinking about making a comeback sometime next season, if an NBA team calls and asks for him to do it. Forget that he hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2014 when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and forget that, again, he’s well past his prime at the ripe old age of 42. It seems Fisher still thinks he has a little bit of gas left in the tank, and he’s at least going to throw the idea of him making a return to the NBA out on the table.

Fisher first hinted at making an NBA comeback on Tuesday night when he posted a video of him working out on Facebook along with the hashtag #Imnotdoneyet. That video garnered almost 500,000 views, and it appeared to show him trying to prove that he’s still skilled enough to play professional basketball despite his age and any rust that he’s accumulated over the course of the last two years. You can watch the video here:

Fisher himself came out on Wednesday and let everyone know that he’s not necessarily preparing for a comeback. He said that he has “no steadfast plans” to play in the NBA again in a tweet he sent out, but he also added that he’s “open to dialogue” if there are any NBA teams in need of his services. Sources told ESPN.com that he could also be open to playing overseas if no NBA teams come calling.

The question now is: Why? As of just a few months ago, Fisher still looked like he had a bright future in the coaching world. But his coaching future would obviously have to be put on hold if he decides to return to playing basketball, and it could affect his chances of ever getting another coaching gig. This comeback attempt also reeks of desperation and makes Fisher look like a guy who doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life now that his playing days are over. So while he’s more than welcome to try to return to the NBA, it would likely be in his best interests not to do it. It’s only going to make it that much harder for him to move on to the next stage of his post-NBA career.

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