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February 27, 2013

Fisher doesn’t want to be done

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

He said his knee was healthy enough by Jan. 1 for him to resume training, and he hopes the end of career is not near.

“I’m not planning on retiring at the end of the season but if this is my last season, I deserve this opportunity to be here with this group,” Fisher said. “So, that’s really what brought me back.”

Coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t say if Fisher or swingman Ronnie Brewer, who was acquired in a trade last week, will be activated for Wednesday night’s game against New Orleans. He said both will get playing time, but he’s not divulging how he plans to shake up his rotation to mix in the two playoff-tested veterans.

“Minutes are going to be had, minutes are going to be probably taken away from many guys, and not just because of Derek Fisher. Just as the season goes on, sometimes the rotations become smaller,” Brooks said. “In order to have a good team, you have to have guys that are committed to the team, and sometimes those things happen.

“There’s nothing etched in stone right now.”

Brooks said he would prefer to settle into a steady rotation, so players can understand when they’ll have chances to impact the game, rather than use the newcomers based on situations and match-ups.

Last season, Fisher essentially claimed the minutes of backup point guard Reggie Jackson, although he usually played off the ball with James Harden running the show. The dynamics of the team have changed now, with Harden gone to Houston in an offseason trade.

“We’re a different team. Things are different,” Brooks said. “One thing I think we know we’re going to get from him is a competitor, a winner, a guy that’s going to do everything for the team, and you can never have enough guys like that.”

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