Derek Fisher is on the verge of winning his sixth NBA championship. For those keeping count, that would be one more than Kobe Bryant.
During last night’s game when the OKC Thunder were about to eliminate the San Antonio Spurs the announcers started referring to Fisher as “the New Robert Horry,” meaning that he makes big shots and collects rings.
To be fair, I think Fisher contributes more during the regular season than Horry did. There were years when I didn’t even realize that Horry was still playing until the playoffs started. But somehow Horry is a seven-time NBA champion with 7,715 career points. I’ll let that sit in for a second.
While Horry may have been the definition of “Role Player,” Fisher certainly is not. He and Kobe were the unquestioned leaders of the Lakers who won back-to-back titles. And he brings that same leadership to the Thunder.
Plenty of people were saying that the Thunder were too young and immature to win a title but Fisher has done a lot to change that. And give credit to the Thunder players. They have been humble enough to listen to Fisher and accept his leadership role.
So, Derek Fisher, will probably get another ring but he certainly deserves it.
Lakers fans will be in a confusing situation. Will the root for a Lakers Legend to win a ring with a rival team? If he wins another ring (and I think he will) I, for one, will be happy for him. And I think Kobe will be, too.
The Lakers have completed a trade with the Cleveland cavaliers the will send Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga for Luke Walton and the Lakers’ 2012 first round pick.
Sessions will certainly help the Lakers at the point guard position, which is their most glaring weakness. He has been averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per game this season. He will definitely give the Lakers offense some much needed stability and consistency.
This trade makes Steve Blake expendable for the much rumored three team trade that would send Michael Beasley to the Lakers.
The Lakers have also got out from under the Luke Walton contract that has been hanging around their necks for years. He is due $6.1 million next year.
Eyenga has only played in six games this year and has spent some time in the D-League.
Sessions could still op-out of his contract at the end of the season but I doubt he would leave the Lakers. This isn’t the blockbuster trade a lot of fans have been hoping for, but it makes the Lakers a bigger threat in the Western Conference.
As if the Lakers haven’t had enough drama this season with all the failed trade attempts and losing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks it seems that things just got worse.
TMZ is reporting that Vanessa Bryant has filed for divorce.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … Vanessa — who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 — decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful … again.
As one source puts it, “She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,” adding, “This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
This might explain why Kobe has been in such a bad mood lately.
One of the most shocking revelations is that Kobe and Vanessa didn’t have a prenup!
There is no telling how this will affect the Lakers season but it can’t be good. This going to get ugly before it gets better.
The NBA lockout is barely over and already one of the biggest trade rumors in recent history is making the rounds. I am of course talking about the possible trade deal that will send both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
You heard me right, BOTH of them.
This would easily make the Lakers the odds on favorite to win this year’s championship.
That is of course if it actually happens. To me it doesn’t seem feasible. I don’t think the Lakers have the players to make it happen. Even though sources are saying that every Lakers player not named Kobe is on the trading block I still don’t think they get both.
Any trade scenario would have to start with Andrew Bynum. Given his history of injury and the cheap shot he gave JJ Barera in last year’s playoffs its seems like the Lakers are ready to part way with him. But who else do you throw into the mix? Pau Gasol? If that is the case the Lakers have seriously depleted their frontcourt and left a foul-prone Howard with no help. Maybe they throw in Lamar Odom. Or Ron Arte…errrrr…Metta World Peace. Or Matt Barnes. Or Derek Fisher.
The question is, where do they stop? Do they give away the whole team to get Paul and Howard? For the Lakers’ sake I hope they don’t do that because they then run the risk of turning into the Miami Heat. That is, superstars up front and nobody on the bench.
If the Lakers can land only one player I think they should go for Chris Paul. They have a more dire need for a solid point guard than for a big man.
While it’s great to dream about the Lakers becoming a de facto All-Star team I think it is more realistic to think that they will get the one piece they need to win another championship. And that piece is Chris Paul.
The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have signed Mike Brown as their new Head Coach.
I first heard rumblings of this late last night and at first I was not too happy with the news. And neither were Laker Fans. The Twitterverse was filled with shock and angst. And I supplied my fair share of both.
But after a good night’s sleep (and several drinks) I have a new perspective on the hire. This could very well work out to be a good hire for the Lakers. Brown is a very good defense-minded coach and the Lakers need a serious overhaul on their defense. They had a hard time defending Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets and were completely exposed by the Dallas Mavericks.
So this may be exactly what the Lakers need. As long as he gets a little help on the offensive side. The Lakers have enough talent on offense that not even Mike Brown can screw it up. It’s like he has been handed the keys to a Maybach, all he has to do is not crash it.
And I don’t think he will crash it.
A quick look at his career will tell you that he is a capable coach. He may not be Phil Jackson, but who is? And to be honest, ANY coach is going to look like a step compared to Jackson.
Brown went 272-138 in five seasons with the Cavaliers, taking the team to the Eastern Conference finals twice and one trip to the NBA Finals in 2007. He was also named Coach of the Year in 2009. So the guy can coach. And he certainly has a better group of players in the Lakers than he did with the Cavs.
Of course we all know he was fired after LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent last summer despite going 127-37 in his final two regular seasons with the Cavs.
So I say, let’s give Mike Brown a chance. It will be interesting to see if Brown can bring some intensity back to the Lakers’ defense.
The only question that remains is; What does Kobe think?