New Thunder voice Chris Fisher: Entertainment value high
PORTLAND, Ore. — Chris Fisher is in his first season as the Thunder’s television voice on Fox Sports Oklahoma. And Tuesday night, Fisher called his first NBA playoff game, having helped out on radio in Game 1 of the series against Portland.
Question: How excited are you to call your first playoff game?
Fisher: “I think it’s something that’s been in the back of (my) mind as the season has gone on, knowing we were going to make the playoffs, and having that opportunity, and it’s pretty special, because everybody always talks about how different the playoffs are. And to be a part of it, and the energy and the environment. This will be my first one. I know this is something I’ve been looking forward to since the season’s gone on, and here we are.”
Did you sense that playoff difference Sunday?
“You know, when I would run out and actually use the restroom real quick, and then come back in, you get a little more sense of, hey, there’s more electricity in the air, because when you have a headset on, you kind of don’t pick it up as much and you’re focusing what’s going on in the game and trying to listen and things of that nature. But I did get a little bit of a glimpse, and we’re going to be on the floor tonight, which is always a little better viewpoint and kind of feel the energy a little bit. I’m looking forward to it.”
What surprised you after going through your first 82-game season?
“I don’t know if surprised. It’s been an adjustment in a lot of ways, in terms of the schedule and doing TV and familiarity with the league. Working with Michael (Cage). Working with a new crew. There’s always adjustments of that sort. There’s been encounters in getting used to the schedule. But it’s been wonderful to work with everybody, and everybody’s been really accommodating in helping me out, to make sure my assimilation has been fantastic. But in terms of surprises, being up close to NBA players, you have a greater appreciation for their skill and their talent and the speed and the physicality. Just watching on TV doesn’t do it justice. But when you get to see it night in and night out, and how these guys are able to perform on the highest level, against the best talent, it gives you greater appreciation.”
What did you enjoy most about your first season?
“Boy, we’re never short of entertainment. This is a team that’s never short of entertainment. Being a part of some of the big moments has been really something I hope to not take for granted, be it the four Paul George game winners, Russ (Westbrook) averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season, the big comebacks like against Houston and Brooklyn. This team has accomplished some cool things in just this one season alone, and I’ve been a part of that. So I think being a part of the organization, being a part of this group, being a part of these moments, you don’t want to take it for granted.”