February 25, 2013 |
Derek Fisher will get another chance to win a sixth NBA championship. The longtime Laker signed with Oklahoma City on Monday, joining the Thunder for the stretch run a second straight year. The 38-year-old Fisher has spent more than 12 of his 17 pro seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships alongside Kobe Bryant. Last season, Fisher was traded by the Lakers to Houston. After buying out of his contract with the Rockets, Fisher signed with the Thunder and played in 20 regular-season games and all 20 of the team's playoff games.
March 18, 2012 |
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reports the Lakers and Rockets mutually agreed to extend the deadline for Derek Fisher to report to Houston and get his physical to 72 hours. Fisher wasn't with the team during the Rockets-Clippers game on Saturday. -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Ramon Sessions' first practice with the Lakers. -- The Morning Journal's Bob Finnan mentions the Cavaliers waived former Laker Jason Kapono and talks to Luke Walton, who indicates he and Lakers Coach Mike Brown "weren't on the same page.
March 29, 2012 |
Derek Fisher was back at Staples Center, talking to reporters near the unfamiliar walls outside the visitors' locker room. Exactly two weeks had passed since he was traded to Houston in a salary dump for seldom-used forward Jordan Hill, but Fisher didn't crucify the Lakers' front office. He offered only a mild rebuke for management's failure in communicating after he was traded. Fisher, 37, played almost 13 years for the Lakers. He negotiated a buyout with Houston last week and immediately joined the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting waived by the Rockets.
March 21, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The chase for Derek Fisher to acquire his sixth NBA title before Kobe Bryant officially begins. Fisher will play his first game with the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday against the Clippers after clearing waivers at 3 PDT Wednesday. He signed with the Thunder just two days after agreeing to a buyout with the Houston Rockets, who acquired him from the Lakers for Jordan Hill. After acquiring Ramon Sessions from Cleveland in a special trade, the Lakers expressed concern on how Fisher would handle a reserve role.
April 21, 2012 |
Among the highlights of my conversation with the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry on the Lakers-Thunder game: --What he makes of the NBPA executive committee asking for Derek Fisher's resignation as president. --How Mayberry measures Fisher's shooting struggles and locker-room presence with Oklahoma City.
March 19, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Kobe Bryant's poor shooting performance in the Lakers' 103-99 loss Sunday to the Utah Jazz. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how the Lakers' poor defense and a bad shooting night from Bryant contributed to the Lakers' loss. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes how it's rare for the Lakers to lose at home. -- The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith credits the Jazz's win to its youth.
May 16, 2012 |
Soon enough, the contact shut off. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher stopped trading text messages. They stopped wishing each other luck in their respective playoff series. They stopped reminiscing about old times and catching up on new ones. No, there wasn't a falling-out between the two former longtime teammates who won five NBA championships together. This is just what happens as the two have suddenly become opponents. This happened previously when Fisher played for Golden State (2004-06)
March 26, 2011 |
It's funny now, Chris Kaman getting ejected Friday night, telling Derek Fisher he'd be meeting him outside and Kobe Bryant asking, "What's Kaman going to do, shoot him with one of his bow and arrows?" But you know as well as Kaman does, Fisher just bugs you. There's just something about the guy, whether you're wearing the opponents' uniform and getting whistled for an offensive foul, or he's angering Lakers fans for being the team's weak link. So I wanted to know: "Is there an art to getting under people's skin?"
January 9, 2010 |
Derek Fisher has been struggling lately, sitting out the entire fourth quarter in three close games -- against Golden State, Sacramento and the Clippers. But Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't close to making a lineup change, preferring to stick with the 35-year-old instead of handing over the job to one of the 20-somethings, Shannon Brown or Jordan Farmar . In one breath, Jackson acknowledged the defensive shortcomings of the 14-year veteran. In the other breath, he stuck up for Fisher's steady hand on the court.
May 14, 2010
I'm a little out of sorts, what with not seeing all those letters from the folks who had been writing The Times and telling Phil Jackson and everyone in L.A. how Derek Fisher was washed up and "Doesn't Phil have enough sense to bench Fish?" Hmm? Do you think maybe Phil actually knows a little bit more about what constitutes talent in the NBA than all those armchair shooters? I'm laughing out loud at the greatly exaggerated demise of D-Fish and his detractors getting their comeuppance in the form of tenacious defense and swishing three-pointers.