Derek Fisher returns to Staples Center tonight

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in town and at the pre-game shoot-around in Santa Monica, former Laker Derek Fisher did not take questions from reporters. But he did make a short statement. Via ESPN:

"First and foremost, I'm just excited to be back in the city and excited to see my friends and brothers, that I considered my teammates, when I was here," Fisher said. "It's only been a couple weeks but it seems so much longer.

"This city and these fans and everyone that I grew close to over the years, they and this place will always, always hold a very special place in my heart and that will never change. But, due to a number of different circumstances, I'm in Oklahoma City now and I'm extremely happy to be here.

"This is a very special situation. Just a great group of players, a great group of guys, the staff, the community was just the right fit at the right time coming off what took place. I'm just as happy as I can be considering everything that's gone on. I'm just looking forward to getting out there and playing some basketball tonight in front of what used to be the home crowd. But, coming in as a visitor, I'm sure it will be a lot of fun."

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