Jerry Stackhouse has made a successful comeback with the Brooklyn Nets. Rasheed Wallace is also back in the league (and he sure emphasized that yesterday morning). Ex-Maverick Michael Finley is thinking about making a comeback and so is Antonio McDyess.
Another player that has recently made a comeback? Derek Fisher. And that return by the five-time champion reassured one individual that he can still get back in the league.
Hoopshype talked to former Grizzly/King/Hawk/Wizard/Knick Mike Bibby about this recently. Here’s what Bibby had to say:
“I’m getting ready for any call,” Bibby told HoopsHype in an interview. “It’s reassuring that Derek Fisher got that call. People are still getting calls right now. It can happen somewhere down the line, I’m not worried about that. I’m just keeping myself ready when that call comes.”
He has made no secret that he wants one more run at a title. The closest Bibby ever got to the NBA championship was in 2011 when he made the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat. The Heat eventually fell to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. As a core player, Bibby helped take the Sacramento Kings to the Western Conference Finals in 2002. The Kings fell in seven games against the Los Angeles Lakers. Bibby famously kept the Kings in the game in overtime with his fantastic shooting but, in the end, the Lakers won the game and, eventually, the NBA championship.
“I still think I have a chance to get a ring,” Bibby said. “I can give a team good minutes still. There’s still a chance for me to go out there and get that championship.”
He might get a call for name recognition alone. Some team is going to come calling for a back-up point guard. But if you’ve seen Bibby play as of late, well, it’s kind of a chore watching him play. He did shoot .412 from the playoffs last year for the Knicks but the faster, younger point guards would have a ball leaving him in the dust. But, hey, if Fisher can return to the NBA, right?
Bibby has averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 assists over 1,001 career games.