DALLAS -- Derek Fisher watched a lot of basketball during his hiatus away from the game. And from what he saw, the 16-year veteran felt the Dallas Mavericks were the perfect fit for him.
Fisher signed a contract with the Mavs on Thursday and went through his first practice on Friday morning. It was a practice that left Fisher with a bloody nose -- compliments of an errant elbow -- and with renewed confidence about how he can help the Mavs.
"I’ve been really training hard and keeping myself ready for this moment, not knowing where it would be,'' Fisher said. "I think I got here with a group of guys that everybody’s working hard, trying to win.
"It felt good to be back on the court.''
The Mavs were having serious issues at the point guard spot, which is why they reached out to Fisher. The combination of Darren Collison, Dominique Jones, Rodrigue Beaubois and rookie Jared Cunningham just hasn't been able to to run the offense with any fluidity on a consistent basis.
"I think every team that I’ve been on, in particular when I’ve been a free agent, when I choose to go to a team it’s a variety of factors,'' Fisher said. "It’s never just about the money, it’s never just about the playing time, it’s never just about being on a contender.
"It’s a combination of factors that are really important to me.''
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