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Fisher added that he would not return the volley that Cuban lobbed toward him when he signed with the Thunder. Fisher has learned in a 17-season NBA career that it serves him no purpose to get in a war of words with Cuban. “Nah, I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and does in terms of this team,” Fisher said. “There’s no question about how passionate he is for his team. If it was my team and I wanted to win, I would want as many players that I felt like could help me. “I take it more as a positive thing than a negative. He saw some value I provided and would like to still have me here. But as far as long term for me, I don’t have any issues with Mark and hopefully one day, we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.” Dallas Morning News

The Derek Fisher-Dallas Mavericks saga had one last loud go-round Sunday, as the point guard who played nine games for Dallas between Thanksgiving and Christmas was lustily booed when he checked in late in the first quarter. Mavs owner Mark Cuban led the chorus. “I’ll just boo him like hopefully everybody else,” Cuban said prior to the Mavs taking on Fisher’s new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. NBA.com

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"My personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about, even if it didn't turn out to be that way," Cuban said. "So I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually when you help somebody, you expect at least some semblance of loyalty back. When you don't get it, then it's more disappointing. "With his history, I shouldn't have been surprised what happened." ESPN.com

"I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he's done and does in terms of this team," Fisher told the Dallas Morning News after Sunday's shootaround. "There's no question about how passionate he is for his team. If it was my team and I wanted to win, I would want as many players that I felt like could help me. "I take [Cuban's criticism] more as a positive thing than a negative. He saw some value I provided and would like to still have me here. But as far as long term for me, I don't have any issues with Mark and hopefully one day, we'll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here." ESPN.com

The veteran point guard returns tonight when the Thunder takes on the Mavs at 6:30. “Anytime you join a group or a team, even if it’s for a short while, there is some connection that takes place as far as teammates, coaches, people in the organization,” Fisher said. “I don’t know how happy they’ll be to see me, but I don’t have any problems with anyone here. I’m just looking forward to what should be a fun-packed game tonight.” Oklahoman

Fisher, following the Thunder’s morning shoot-around session, “I love Mark and I have a tremendous for what he’s done and does in terms of his team,” Fisher said. “I think people question his passion, but there’s no question about how passionate he is for his team. And so if it was my team…I would want as many players that I felt like could help me. I take it more as a positive thing than a negative. He saw some value that I provided and would like to still have me here. But long term, for me, I don’t have any (issues) with Mark, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about.” Oklahoman

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Metta World Peace on his support for Dwight Howard this season: “Of course because you never know what somebody is going through in their life, you never know what somebody is going through physically, mentally, you never know if somebody is not ready for this pressure, you never know what anybody is going through. All you can do is support. Even as a teammate, a fan, a coach or whatever, you just have to be there by their side. I learned that from playing with Derek Fisher. I learned that just being egotistical early in my career. You gotta be there for your teammates because all you have is each other. I know that for a fact. You’re not going to win with just one person. At the end of the day, when you win, it says the Lakers champions or the Heat champions last year, it doesn’t say one name. We need everybody, even the 12th man.” Sports Radio Interviews

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Fisher, who's now on Oklahoma City's roster as its third-string point guard, played nine games for the Mavs before the team granted his wish to be waived in late December. Fisher, 38, signed with the Thunder last week, and the Mavs weren't surprised to see the five-time NBA champion resurface with a contender, prompting a roll of the eyes by Mavs players and sarcastic comments from owner Mark Cuban. "I was being open and honest at the time and I'm being open and honest now," Fisher told the Los Angeles Times. "At the time, I felt strong about the decision on a personal level. It wasn't anything about Dallas or Mark that I was not happy about. Just personally, I didn't enjoy being away from my family at the time. "Over the last couple of months, being out of the game and having a chance to reflect on some things and think about some things, when this opportunity presented itself and I thought about the totality of my career, I decided that this was something I deserved to do for myself. Sometimes as a leader, you can't make decisions based on what other people are going to think or how they're going to feel. You just do what you think is right at that time and that's what I'm doing here." ESPN.com

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Cuban, who said there was “no side deal” regarding family issues when Fisher signed with the Mavs, sarcastically claimed he understood Fisher’s decision to resume his career with a contender. “His kids are older,” Cuban said. “It’s easier to fly in and out of Oklahoma City than Dallas. I understand that. It’s a decision a parent has to make. Every parent has difficult decisions to make.” Moments later, Cuban added: “A lot can happen in 65 days.” ESPN.com

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