O.C. Register: Derek Fisher brought back the headband Tuesday night. Too bad that doesn’t actually make it 1999 again.
Fisher will turn 35 this offseason, which prompts the question: How much longer is the only current Laker older than 30 going to keep playing? The tentative plan is at least two seasons beyond this one.
“I feel like I’m in great physical shape. I don’t really need to think about physically stopping,” he said. “But at the same time I don’t want to limp out on one leg, either.”
Fisher has given this topic some thought because he’s meticulous when it comes to planning.
He will seek re-election this summer as president of the NBA players’ association, and he wants to tackle the immense challenge that is negotiating the next collective bargaining agreement between players and owners in 2011. To get there, he’ll have to sign another contract, because his Lakers deal expires after next season.
“So I’d finish up my year next year and hopefully I could re-sign for at least one year and get that deal done and complete my role with the union, and then kind of see how I’m feeling,” Fisher said. “I don’t really want to delay the inevitable.”