Is Derek Fisher The New Robert Horry?

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.

It’s Time To Start Ramon Sessions!

I know it’s only been two games since Ramon Sessions has been with the Lakers but it’s time to put him in the starting lineup. Two games is an incredibly small sample size, but with this lockout-shortened season there is no time to waste.

The Lakers got rid of Derek Fisher because Sessions was coming to LA. There was no way they could justify starting Fisher when a younger, better point guard was sitting on the bench. A five-time champion gets pushed out the door but the Lakers are not willing to bench Steve Blake?

Sessions is, literally, running circles around Steve Blake. Lakers Fans haven’t seen a point guard with that kind of speed for over a decade.

I was at the game against the Utah Jazz Sunday and I must say watching Ramon Sessions run the floor is a sight to behold. It is said that he needs time to learn Mike Brown’s offense and that is why he needs to come off the bench. I don’t think that’s true. Without “knowing the offense,” Sessions has outplayed Blake in his two games as a Laker.

I’m sure he can pick up the offense in due time. And even if he doesn’t, he’s still playing better than Steve Blake. There is no reason that Sessions should not be starting. Blake has scored a grand total of zero points in the last two games. Sessions has 17 points in the same time frame. He outscored the starting point guard 17-0 running an offense that he supposedly doesn’t know. Can you imagine how good he’s going to be when the “gets it”?

I have defended Mike Brown this whole season when others were calling for his firing. However, on this issue I have to disagree with Coach Brown.  Ramon Sessions needs to start.

The Lakers may not ever get back to the Showtime era, but with Session running the point, they could get pretty close.

Lakers Trade Derek Fisher!

In a move that no one saw coming the Lakers have traded Derek Fisher and a first round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill. The recent trade for Ramon Sessions has made Fisher expendable.

Fisher, a five time champions, has always been considered one of the team leaders. And a stabilizing force in the locker room.

Many fans have already expressed their sadness at Fisher leaving.

It’s no secret that Fishers skills have diminished but I always thought that the Lakers would allow him to go out on his own terms. I, and all Lakers fans, felt that he has earned that.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.