“It’s going to be strange with him [Derek Fisher] going out to the visiting locker room. It’s going to be strange. I talk to him pretty much every single day still. In terms of our personal relationship there hasn’t been any separation in that sense. But seeing him coming into Staples Center in a different uniform will be extremely, extremely weird for us all.”—Kobe Bryant on playing Derek Fisher and the Thunder tonight
"After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout," said Jamie Wior, Fisher’s business manager. "Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward. We thank the Houston Rockets front office for their interest, time and their absolute professionalism. There will be no further comment at this time."