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.
November 28, 2012 |
Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, who has not played this season after failing to land a contract in the summer, will sign with the Dallas Mavericks, according to Coach Rick Carlisle. Carlisle made the announcement after a 101-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. "We need help at point guard," Carlisle said. "I found out ... that [Darren] Collison would be out, and we were fortunate to get [Jared] Cunningham active. We feel [Fisher] can help us. It's not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help.
April 21, 2012 |
Within a one-month span, Derek Fisher found out that both the Lakers' front office and the executive board of the National Basketball Players Assn. don't want him around. The Lakers traded Fisher last month to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill, partly to pave the way for Ramon Sessions' arrival as the team's starting point guard as well as to free up the payroll from Fisher's $3.4 million salary next season. This week, the executive board for the NBPA voted 8-0 that it had lost confidence in Fisher's ability to lead and asked for his resignation as the union president.
March 21, 2012 |
-- 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.
June 8, 2010 |
Reporting from Boston -- Paul Pierce was wrong. The Boston Celtics weren't going to win the NBA Finals amid a blizzard of green and white confetti … if at all. The Lakers made sure of it Tuesday with a pointed defensive declaration in Game 3, beating back Boston in a 91-84 victory with unlikely star Derek Fisher, a stunning reversal by Game 2 protagonist Ray Allen and, near the end, a rare smile from Kobe Bryant, as telling a...
June 9, 2010 |
All those Lakers fans who wanted Derek Fisher run out of town a few months back must be biting their tongues.… As Fisher keeps reminding us, there's a reason Phil Jackson is partial to iron-willed, battle-tested veterans.… Fisher, on the rush he gets when delivering in the clutch: "It's like being a kid, man; you just never get tired of that candy." … Sounds like Lamar Odom.… Kevin Garnett, who'd been derided by some as the Counterfeit Ticket, returned to his Big Ticket form in Game 3.… At this point, however, Pau Gasol is at least Garnett's equal.
May 6, 2010 |
Few players in Lakers history have squeezed more from their potential than Derek Fisher , whose value jumps as the regular season fades and the playoffs intensify.... As Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz noted this week of his former teammate, "He doesn't look 35." … JaMarcus Russell's failure in Oakland is another indictment of Al Davis , who never should have taken him No. 1.... Noting that Manny Ramirez is due to come off the disabled list this week, reader Chris Foster of South Pasadena e-mails to suggest, "Seems like Mother's Day would be a perfect time for the return of someone noted for his intake of female hormones."
July 7, 2010 |
Across the NBA landscape, news conferences are being assembled and lavish parties planned as the big-name free agents (finally) publicize their decisions. But in El Segundo, the Lakers quietly wait for one name: Derek Fisher . The weeklong free-agent moratorium ended Wednesday night, meaning NBA teams could officially sign players to contracts, which the Lakers will do with Steve Blake , giving them exactly one ballhandling guard on their roster. Their next priority is to sign Fisher, and then Shannon Brown , more or less keeping their backcourt intact from last season, with Jordan Farmar the obvious omission.
March 30, 2012 |
The homecoming began with the national anthem. The fans couldn't even wait until it ended. "Derek!" and "Fish!" they shouted during the song, interrupting the L.A. Delta Chorale in mid-red-glare. It always sort of felt patriotic to cheer Derek Fisher, didn't it? It was certainly appropriate Thursday, his return to Staples Center becoming two hours' worth of bombs bursting in the air above a Lakers team that cowered beneath their former leader and his new teammates. Fish was back, just in time to remind the Lakers that they weren't.
June 20, 2010
Mike Dunleavy, former coach and general manager of the Clippers, takes a look at what the Lakers need to do to repeat their title next season. Dunleavy has coached four NBA teams — the Clippers, Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers. He was NBA coach of the year in 1999 with Portland. The Lakers will have a lot of difficult decisions in the coming months, but this one is a no-brainer: They need to keep Derek Fisher. In a moment, I'll get into some of the other choices the franchise needs to make as it positions itself to make a run at a third consecutive NBA title.