Sports Headlines - June 3

Fisher retirement rumor swirl after exit interview, interest from Knicks

Thunder Point Guard Derek Fisher lingered on the court for a few moments after Saturday night’s loss to the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

Earlier this season, he tweeted out that this would most likely be his last season, so his comments in yesterday’s exit interviews about taking that opportunity to soak up the moment seem to be indicating that his comments earlier this year are true.

As a result, a number of entities in the NBA are interested in acquiring Fisher’s veteran knowledge for their benefit, none more than Phil Jackson, whom Fisher won five championships with in Los Angeles, and who is now the GM of the New York Knicks.

Jackson was fined $25,000 by the league yesterday for tampering with Fisher in the form of openly discussing the prospect of hiring his former player during a news conference last week. Reports indicate that Jackson halted his search for a coach until Fisher finished out his season with the Thunder so he could talk with him about the prospect.

But Fisher has not yet officially indicated he will be retiring from the league. He added in his exit interviews yesterday, that he still has that fire and passion to play the game. He was cryptic in his answers about retirement, indicating that he might consider staying for yet another season in the league.

Fisher would be the second player-turned-coach that Jackson went after following Steve Kerr’s spurning of the Knicks for the Golden State Warriors coaching position a few weeks ago.

Who will take Sean Lee's place as 'face' of Cowboys' defense?

With the exit of Sean Lee, potentially for the season after tearing an ACL during practice last week, the Dallas Cowboys are now searching for a new “face” to their defensive squad. In years past, it has been Demarcus Ware, but Dallas squashed any chance of that when they sent him packing last month.

So who will take Lee’s place? Names like Brian Urlacher, Jonathan Vilma and other big-name linebackers have come up in conversation, but only just that. The Cowboys have a penchant for stirring up high-profile conversations, only to pick from within or from some other source to fill the gap – The most recent example being that of the potential draft of Johnny Manziel.

But spokespersons from the team say they want to see what Justin Durant, DeVonte Holloman and Anthony Hitchens can do first.

Coach Jason Garrett said there was a reason these players were added to the roster and he wants to see if they have what it takes to take hold of the group before looking other places.

Scott O'Brien