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Derek Fisher to reportedly finalize deal with Oklahoma City Thunder

March 21, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • In a controversial move, the Lakers dealt Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets.
In a controversial move, the Lakers dealt Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

--NBA.com's Randy Renner reports former Lakers guard Derek Fisher is in Oklahoma City to finalize talks on a contract. The report also indicates Fisher was spotted at OKC's Will Rogers World Airport early this morning with Thunder GM Sam Presti and other members of the Thunder front office

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports Fisher is "very close" to signing a deal with the Thunder.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry talks to Kevin Durant, who supports Fisher joining OKC.

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Andrew Bynum's ejection hurt the Lakers in their 107-104 loss Tuesday to the Houston Rockets.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen focuses on Goran Dragic's game-clinching three-pointer against the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Jason McDaniel highlights the Lakers' collapse against Houston.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford criticizes the Lakers' defense.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan and I report the lack of playing time may affect where Devin Ebanks' future with the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Teaford mentions it's hardly a surprise the Lakers plan to pick up Bynum's team option for next season.

Sidebars

--The Houston Chronicle's Feigen features Kobe Bryant's compliments toward Chandler Parsons' defense.

Columns

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' mental lapses have prevented them from forging consistency. McMenamin also notes Lakers Coach Mike Brown was irritated by Bynum's ejection.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon catches up with Yao Ming about his retirement.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Houston.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Rockets game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark mentions how the Lakers keep repeating the same mistakes.

--Forum Blue and Gold's R.R. Magellan breaks down the good, bad and ugly in the Lakers' loss to Houston.

Tweet of the Day: "Sure hope Fish catches on with another team. In a business filled with fartheads, cowards+flakes, he's always been a real man. My man Fish." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "At the end of this game I could not believe I was yelling "... don't give the ball to Kobe then he sank a two pointer and then before you can blink an eye Houston sank an uncontested 3 pointer and that was that...  Mike Brown's days as head coach of the Los Angeles Laker's should be as a Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers stop trying to be the friend of Captain Windsprint (cuz I shoot and miss before the offense is set and I turn the ball over cuz I get double teamed...we run the other way). Now there is Bynum picking up on the way Kobe argues every call the refs make... sheesh... this team is out of control. Even in the NBA  teams need to have maturity and discipline. Brown obviously isn't instilling this with these guys." -- Fanner50

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