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)
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."
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.
August 22, 2013 |
Two former Lakers faced off as coaches when the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour hit the Walter Pyramid arena in Long Beach on Saturday. Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, leading the Los Angeles team from the bench, was defeated by Tracy Murray and the Ball Up All-Stars. Murray, who was a Laker for the 2002-2003 season, got the victory with Ball Up stars such as "The Professor", "Air Up There" and "Baby Shaq. " Founded in 2009, Ball Up features some of the nation's top streetball players, including "AO," "Bone Collector," "Sik Wit It" and "Special FX. " Free agent Gilbert Arenas and Clippers center Ryan Hollins also attended the event but didn't play.
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.
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...