Should Lakers Recruit Derek Fisher for Front-Office Position?

With Derek Fisher’s long and successful playing career drawing to a close, he’ll naturally be looking toward new opportunities. The Los Angeles Lakers would be wise to consider luring him back for a front-office position.

Fisher isn’t quite ready for retirement yet. He’s currently in his 18th season in the NBA, averaging 5.4 points in 17.4 minutes off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The durable point guard has appeared in every game so far this season.

And, he’d like one more shot at a ring before he hangs them up. Like his good friend and former teammate Kobe Bryant, D-Fish has won five NBA Championships, all of them with the Lakers.

During a wide-ranging interview with Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News this past December, Fisher reflected on the end of the road as a player: "I rarely use the word never, but I feel like this is a good opportunity to put a cap on a great career.”

Fish also spoke about this year’s final quest, comparing it to those in the past with Bryant.

In some ways, I can't even fathom winning championships and looking up and not seeing him right there. It's hard to even have that kind of conversation. But at the same time, we'll feel very driven to try to be on a championship team again before our career is over.

It was an interesting choice to use the word “we." Could there be one more partnership between two friends who came into the league together as rookies with the Lakers in 1996? One that involves working together but not necessarily playing together?

Fisher has already had considerable experience in basketball matters off the court, as the president of the NBA players association from 2006-13, including the rocky 2011 lockout and the process of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

Per the Medina interview, he’s not yet sure what life after playing will be ...

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