March 20, 2012 |
In 24 hours, Derek Fisher will begin finding out two things: Which NBA teams will find his championship experience and locker room leadership valuable enough to pursue, and which ones consider him a washed-up 37-year-old veteran with no ability to defend young guards or consistently hit shots. After long searching for an upgrade at point guard, the Lakers last week acquired Ramon Sessions from Cleveland for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, a 2012 first-round pick and less than $1 million in cash.
March 18, 2012 |
The Lakers are left wondering how they'll fill the leadership gap that Derek Fisher provided in previous seasons. Meanwhile, Fisher is left wondering if an NBA team will pick him up. After the Lakers traded Fisher for Jordan Hill to the Houston Rockets, a Lakers spokesman said "our understanding is he took a buyout. " ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne first reported that Fisher took the buyout, is expected to be waived Monady and hopes to sign with a contender. The report mentions Fisher could sign with any team except the Lakers if he clears waivers by Wednesday.
March 18, 2012 |
A statement released by Derek Fisher's business manager suggested the Houston Rockets bought out his contract partly out of his hope to play on a championship-contending team. "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.
March 21, 2012 |
The Lakers lost their composure. Andrew Bynum showed frustration with the officiating. Lakers Coach Mike Brown showed frustration with the team's defense. All the players showed frustration with yet another poor road performance where they squandered a double-digit lead. Derek Fisher wouldn't have solved the Lakers' on-court execution in their 107-104 loss Tuesday to the Houston Rockets. But he would've been there in the locker room to calm everyone down. He wasn't there, though.
June 12, 2009 |
No, no, no! The Lakers wanted a Finals with characters, like Mickey Mouse, Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy, not character, although they were getting more than they bargained for, at least for three games plus 47 minutes and 56 seconds. At that point, Derek Fisher buried a three-pointer to send Game 4 into overtime, where the Lakers proceeded to beat the Orlando Magic, 99-91, on Thursday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the series that seemed about to be tied.
December 22, 2012 |
The Dallas Mavericks have waived veteran point guard Derek Fisher. Fisher, who won five championship rings playing alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, joined the Mavericks in late November. He started nine games, averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 assists while shooting 43.5% from three-point range (but just 35.4% overall). Marc Stein of ESPN.com , who first broke the story, writes that Fisher's release was at his request, something that was in the works before Fisher strained his patellar tendon.