Derek Fisher Exploring Possible Comeback

12:33pm: Begley has updated his story to add that Fisher is considering playing in China if he can’t find a suitable NBA opportunity.

11:47am: Derek Fisher made a rare leap directly from his playing career to a coaching career in 2014, when he became the Knicks’ head coach less than two weeks after playing in a postseason game for the Thunder. Now, it appears that Fisher is mulling another unusual career move.

According to Ian Begley of, Fisher has been “exploring options and expressing interest in playing again,” at age 41 (42 next Tuesday). Fisher himself hinted at the possibility of a comeback on Tuesday when he posted a Facebook video that showed him working out and featured the hashtag #Imnotdoneyet.

Based on Begley’s report, it’s not clear if any teams have reciprocated Fisher’s interest, or if the longtime NBA point guard has simply put out some feelers, but it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on.

There has been no shortage of former NBA players exploring potential returns to the league this year, with league-wide free agent spending at an all-time high. Fisher has a stronger case than many of those other players attempting comebacks — he was a regular contributor up until the 2013/14 season, when he averaged 17.6 minutes per game in 81 regular-season contests, then appeared in another 19 playoff games.

Assuming he’s still in good shape, Fisher could get a look from teams interested in him as much for his locker-room presence and veteran leadership as for his on-court contributions.

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12 thoughts on “Derek Fisher Exploring Possible Comeback

  1. bsteady powers

    He was on his last leg 3 years ago. Part of the reason he went into coaching. He is done.

  2. This is one of the few “comebacks” I could actually see panning out. Get him on a minimum deal and it’s like having an extra coach that can, if anything, give you a couple points and some fouls.

  3. smittybanton

    mr. stealyourgirl got no assistant coach offers? shocking. a billion women in china…

  4. Richard

    Haha!! Nice comments here. Would be a laugh IF he would team up again with Ol’ Matty Matty, in Sac town no less-a former Lakers nemesis team. Double whammy!! And yep, a lot o’ females in China for his pleasure!

    But seriously, has this EVER been done b/f? Player turned coach back to player? And at 42 in a wk or so; who’d want him? Spurs? He couldn’t learn under PJ with his 11 rings as a coach; 13 total? Ah, the calamity! Stay retired, Fish, and get a Asst. Coach gig like others have.

    • Vince

      Dave Cowens coached Boston, retired. He then was lured out by Don Nelson to play in Milwaukee.

  5. Ravens_Last_Place

    It would be shocking if an NBA team even brought his name up in a discussion.

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