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Derek Fisher news conference

Fisher began the news conference with an emotional opening statement, thanking the NBA, the Utah Jazz and the Lakers.  He also offered some insight into what his family has experienced throughout this trying journey.  From there, he took some questions from the media, listed below.

-- AK

On his daughter Tatum:
"Tatum's status right now is moving in the right direction and in a great direction.  We've had three rounds of treatment, and she's progressively gotten better each time when we've been back to New York.  We're due back in New York soon to get a follow-up evaluation to the last last treatment, really give us an accurate idea of how she's doing.  But she's doing great, moving in the right direction now and we feel comfortable that right now, three rounds of treatment, where we can settle into and we'll be able to transition into observation and evaluation here in Los Angeles.  Our doctor will remain our treating physician if there are any treatments that become necessary again in the future, but we've found a collective group of doctors that we need here in the Los Angeles area, so that we'll be able to transition into very soon." 

On whether he was surprised that the NBA and the Utah Jazz agreed to let him out of his contract in such an unprecedented manner:
"I'm not surprised, because I think what most people will find that if you get an opportunity to spend some time with a lot of the guys in our league, a lot of other professional athletes in a lot of sports, you'll find that there are really kindhearted, thoughtful, considerate young men that are out there competing and playing in a lot of these sports.  Because of negative stories that often hit the front page or the top stories, a lot of that kind of gets lost in the shuffle.  But I'm not surprised.  Definitely not by the Jazz, their response to doing something that would allow someone to think of their family first, because that's what they've always prided themselves in as an organization. 

"I think the NBA often times as a league takes a lot of image hits because of individual decisions that are made by players or management or anyone involved with our league at times.  But I think what you'll find more times than not, if you really get a chance to be around in more personal settings with athletes and people that compete in the NBA, is that they're really hundreds of great young men that are great fathers.  They're great husbands.  They do the best that they can on a day-in and day-out basis, so it doesn't surprise me.  It may surprise some people, but it doesn't surprise me that when things really come down right to it and there's something that an individual really needs from a team or from our league, when it's a situation like this, more times than not you'll find that people will step up and do the right thing."

On whether Kobe called him about this decision like he did to comfort Fisher about his daughter's situation:
"No, he actually has not called me related to my decision as a player.  The conversations that Kobe and I have had in the last several weeks have been exclusively about our families.  And I wasn't surprised when he called me about my family and my situation, but it felt great to hear from him because of our relationship.  Because of what I'm going through with our daughter, he having two little girls himself, I think that just took our relationship to an even deeper level.  There was just another link there, having daughters and knowing that as a dad, there's almost nothing more special to you, other than your wife, that means the most to you as the health and the well-being of your little girl.  That's what we've exclusively talked about as we've talked in recent months and recent weeks.  Obviously, I'm aware of what he's going through and the decisions that he's making or not making.  But I've always kept my comments related to that at zero, because it's not my place to judge or say what's right or wrong in terms of his decisions."

On how much the "home" aspect, the familiarity with the Lakers and L.A., played into this decision:
"The aspect of us having a history here in Los Angeles really factored in after we identified Children's Hospital in Los Angeles as a place where we could get the best care.  Once that happened, then of course, between the Lakers and Clippers, because of the history, because of the relationship that Mitch and I and 10, 20, 30 people that still work here and are a part of this family, the comfort level was there.  But in terms of making our initial decision to identify this city, Los Angeles came from our doctor.  We got the list from him.  And then from there, we were able to work through the different things that we wanted to identify.  It's really a three-pronged approach to finding the best place.  And for us, four because we have a treating physician in New York.  We also needed a pediatrician who has some experience with this.  A pediatric ophthalmologist, who'll watch the eyes for us.  And then a pediatric oncologist, who specializes in cancer for kids.  So once we identified that group that we could find here, having history here in Los Angeles, period, we zeroed in here.  From there, it became a matter of having discussions with the individual teams." 

On whether lining up in the backcourt with Kobe is an exciting prospect:
"Yeah, it's extremely exciting.  Just today, I'm finally getting a chance to think about the basketball aspects of coming back.  I've been a little guarded because of how many things have gone into getting here, not knowing if this moment would ever come.  It's exciting to think about working with Kobe again and working alongside him again.  And all of the guys on the team.  I think this team in the last couple years, even though it doesn't maybe feel that way obviously for Mitch and the guys that have been here, because of spoiling ourselves in the past with championships, there doesn't seem like there's been a great deal to be proud about.  But any team that's made the playoffs in the Western Conference in the last couple years has done a lot, because the Western Conference is about as tough as it gets.  The youth that Kobe and the guys have played with and battled with and all the injuries, key guys in and out of the lineup the last two years, to still make the playoffs and still be competitive in the Western Conference is phenomenal, really.  So I'm looking forward to adding what I can add to the things that are already here.  Not feeling as if I'm an answer or a solution to anything, but hopefully just adding value, adding depth, adding experience and allowing us to win a few more games so that we aren't a 7 or 8 seed.  We're a 2, 3, 4 seed with home-court advantage in the first round, allowing ourselves to build some momentum as we go into the postseason."

On whether he thinks his rejoining the team will have a positive effect on Kobe wanting to return:
"I can't answer that question accurately, but I'd like to think so and I hope so.  Like I said, I've made a concerted effort not to question or even mention anything about what he said, comments that he's made.  It's just not the relationship that we've had since I left here.  We've gotten closer from the time that I left until now.  When we played together, we were close, but it's gotten even closer since I've been gone, because it was almost like we were forced to talk more because we didn't see each other that day.  So I'd hope that me returning and adding some familiarity to the situation in terms of the triangle offense and just a feeling of camaraderie and family that we established here years ago, that it would help in his decision.  I can't if it will.  I hope so.  Like I said, I don't come in here feeling as if I'm the answer to anything, but I hope that I get a chance to play with him forever.  I hope to finish my career playing alongside of him, because Lord knows how young he is, he'll be playing longer than I will.  But I hope to be able to finish up playing alongside him."

On how much thought, if any, he gave to stepping away from the game this season or retiring:
"Well, the thoughts about stepping away from basketball were there because of the decision I was making.  Like I said, I did not know what was out there or what would be out there once the decision was made.  I knew that there was a very short list of cities that I could even play in, in terms of taking care of and providing for my family, and then being able to play basketball.  So when I made the decision, I didn't know out of those five cities and those teams in those cities what opportunities would be there.  And really just by faith, I made the decision and I felt comfortable with it.  I knew that, worst-case, basketball is not something that's really defined who I am as a man and as a person.  I felt confident that if basketball was not meant to be a major part of my life right now for a number of reasons, obviously Tatum being first, that I could move on with life and be happy and just as fulfilled doing other things.  So the thought was there.  The concern was there, but it was not one of fear, that if I did step away from the basketball that I would regret the decision or I would feel bad about it.  I actually felt as though we'd be OK right away."

On talking to the Clippers, and what was the main factor in choosing the Lakers.  Was it being closer to the championship?  The deal itself?

(Editor's note:  Before Fisher answered, Mitch Kupchak smiled, then joked, "You were talking to the Clippers?")

"Yeah, I was talking to the Clippers.  What are you thinking?  What's wrong with this guy.   No, once medically we were in good shape and we knew that Tatum could get good care, the thoughts about now I can think about playing basketball again and which team is best, those thoughts immediately started to happen.  And from there, knowing that I wanted to play basketball, that I love to play the game, of course you have a responsibility to try to find the best deal that you can at that point.  But it wasn't driven by any one particular thing.  It wasn't driven by financials.  It wasn't driven by the status of the team or if one team was closer to this goal or that goal.  It was really what I felt was best for my family, in terms of the fit.  And then ... having played with this organization for so long and having shared so many great memories and moments and times with so many of the individuals that are still here, including this knucklehead right here (motions to Kupchak), the conversations started to progress at a higher speed than other teams."

On whether he could ever picture himself in a Clipper uniform, as opposed to a Laker uniform:
"Well, being here for eight years and winning three championships, I never thought I'd wear another jersey.  And so with the changes over the last seasons and wearing two different jerseys is something that in this business you finally have to open your eyes to.  You think that you'll be somewhere forever and that life's gonna just go to plan, and that's just not the case.  I think that I could see myself wearing any jersey at that point.  But now, I don't really have to quite worry about that so much at this point.  I can put this one back on and feel good about it."

On where Fisher and his wife found the resolve to deal with Tatum's illness:
"The resolve to bring us through to this moment and in moments going forward, in my opinion, and I feel comfortable speaking for my wife as well, really just came from our faith in God.  I don't think that  either one of us claim to have the individual strength and that we can run back to you how we got to this point.  It's really just something that we've just woken up every day, each day, one at a time and trying to do our best for that day.  And it's been really stressful.  It's been really emotional.  It's put a strain on our family at times.  But like I said earlier, the strength of my wife has given me more strength, and I think that Tatum's strength and seeing what she's been through and that she wakes every day just ready to have fun and be a 1-year old.  That's inspiring to us as husband and wife and as parents.  So I think that the resolve and the strength has started from our faith and through the people around us.  Through the support and the prayers of my former Utah teammates and that extended family and now my Laker family.  And all the prayers that we were being sent, even before the possibility of me coming back.   The support has just been overwhelming, and I think that we've gained strength from so many different sources outside of ourselves, and that's what has allowed us to really hold on strong."

 
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KL:

"BTW, my stuff might be "redundant" to you, but could be refreshing to new bloggers who fell the same way as I do."

Refreshing? I really want to laugh, but I won't out of respect for Fish.


KL:

"regarding the ref scandal, i believe the ref is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Same with Mike Vick."

Wow... I can't believe you hate Kobe so much that you would put the gambling ref and Mike Vick above him -- two people who have done more to blacken their sport then Kobe ever has.


Tsphere:

"For once we need to thank Simers. His article makes it pretty clear -- though he himself won't draw that conclusion -- that Kobe's staying put. My reading is that it's still something of a poker game, but there won't be any major surprises. I can imagine for example that Kobe wants to see some kind of a decision concerning the "insider" or the attitude he represents and that he wants to keep the pressure on Mitch K."

Now that's something refreshing... someonewho actually knows how to read between the lines.

I just want to say that the Lakers' main problem is scouting.

Javaris Crittendon is a good pick but he was kind of a no brainer when he fell to the 19th pick. It didn't take too much scouting to figure out that we should pick him over other choices.

I don't know why we went out and got a couple of guys that won't even play on this continent this coming season. Especially when a guy like Dominic McGuire was available. He's a small forward. He's athletic. He can rebound, block shots, pass, and handle the ball. He played well in summer league and Washington (smart enough to pick him) is really impressed with his game.

Instead we pick Sun Yue. Yue may end up in the league some day but not soon. I like some of Yue's skills from what I've seen but so far Chinese players don't come programmed with that intensity and aggression. It took Yao years in the league to get the right mind set.

I know we have limited roster openings right now but looking at the past few years we've got more examples of bad picks to choose from. I like Turiaf and Luke as second rounders but that's only 2 in the last four years with a first round bust like Cook in there.

Our front office needs to replace some of the people doing the scouting to help us bring in some real talent.

OH, much love to D-Fish and his family. Prayers of strength and health for his daughter.

Mike-

Remember, a lot of Lakers fans aren't looking for him to say something negative (which I agree would be an unfair and unnecessary distraction) but something postiive- i.e. "I want to stay in L.A."

Not the same thing, and wouldn't prompt the same negative reaction. Personally, I think Kobe isn't totally sure what he wants, though he's starting to realize for this year at least, he doesn't really get a vote (short of sitting out).

BK

Laker Larry,,

Freeing up the money tells me the Suns will be serious players in the KG sweepstakes. Just a hunch

What Kobe wants?

It's simple.

What any 4 year old wants.

Attention.

B$:

“I don't know why we went out and got a couple of guys that won't even play on this continent this coming season.”

The simple reason why we drafted a point guard and center in the second round who could stay overseas was to stock promising young players whose rights we would retain while they play overseas but who could quickly be added to the roster if we make a multiple player trade for a superstar such as KG or JO, which would surely involve sending away current players at the point guard and center positions. Since we also already have 14 players under contract and want to keep one roster spot open to add a vet during the season, we could not have kept either of our second round picks on the roster. Drafting Yue and Gasol allows us to really have a roster of 16 players, which we will need to replace guys we trade to get KG or JO.

Tom

BK,

"Remember, a lot of Lakers fans aren't looking for him to say something negative (which I agree would be an unfair and unnecessary distraction) but something postiive- i.e. "I want to stay in L.A."

After the big issue he made after the season ended I don't think he'll publically backpeddle. There's too much ego invovled for something like that. But if he's satisfied with his conversations with Mitch about issues he's had then he might be willing to just let this thing play out by itself.

That way his ego/pride stays in tact and he doesn't have to admit he was wrong in what he was saying, about improvements. For example: If Kupchak and Jackson have assured Kobe that Walton won't be starting and playing for 30 minutes a game that would kind of address the weakness at the 3 spot. The addition of Fisher and the drafting of JC, to me, jacks the 1 spot up quite a few levels over Parker. So, if that were the case, the improvements are already there. I mean even with Walton and Parker the Lakers were winning before they got injured. Were they good enough to win it all with Walton at the 3 for 30 minutes a game and Parker at the 1 for 30 minutes a game? Hell no! But they were good enough to a winning ballclub.

I think we're going to see some different things with the line-up this next season. Again, if Kupchak and the Buss family has assured Kobe that Phil Jackson is going to play the best players then Kobe might be reevaluating his demand for a trade. But if it took Kobe to demand a trade for the Lakers to address this Phil Jackson issue...I don't think he'll publically backpeddle. I think he'll just let it die out.

You got to understand, in my opinion, all this stuff has its roots in the way Phil Jackson manipulated the line-up all season long. I mean we had the Suns last season if Phil had only switched George to guard Nash like the Mavericks did with Howard and the way the Spurs did with Bowen. These things are obvious. And if Phil Jackson won't do that which is obvious...wouldn't you get frustrated? I mean we want to understand Kobe's frustration don't we? To me it's plain. Phil Jackson is just incredibly stubborn to the point of letting a series slip away at the expense of peeling off prime years from Kobe's career. People act as if they don't understand that. But the players understand. And in this the case there's a lot of frustration coming from Kobe. Put two and two together and it's not hard to figure out.

I mean Jim Buss went so far as to question many things about Phil Jackson coaching in public. So you know it's an issue. It is because it's obvious. To think that Kobe doesn't understand this is just denial. Again, if the Lakers are going to salvage this situation they would have to assure Kobe that the coach is actually going to play the best players and not his favorites.

mike

But yeah, you might be right. Kobe might not really know what he wants.

mike

The Lake Show

"they got rid of the one guy who made them better defensively, Kurt Thomas for draft picks."

Actually, it was Phoenix who gave up the picks. Two unconditional first round picks to Seattle.

Mike:

I agree with you that Kobe’s comments about the signing of Fish, resigning of Luke and Chris, and drafting of JC combined with the fact that he actually is calling and talking to the guys is a pretty good sign that Kobe is going to stay with the Lakers. The guy really does not want to be anything other than a Los Angeles Laker in his heart.

I also think that his dropping 19 pounds and asking Colangelo for the job of guarding the best guy on the other team says something about Kobe’s focus for this year. It’s on defense, just as Phil asked. How many guys in Kobe’s position do you think really work hard in the off-season to improve their game even though they are superstars? Do you think that Cook or Sasha worked on their defense during the off-season? That is why Kobe is unique.

The pieces are falling into place suddenly for the Lakers. I predict the team will get off to a great start, will probably make a deal to get KG or JO before the midseason trading deadline, and will win 55 games and compete for a championship this year. And I give the front office an A for making all of the right little moves and resisting making a bad big move. We have a great balance of a team that is considerable improved over last year with a lot more valuable chips to use in trade once we start this season. God is definitely a Laker fan.

Tom

"The Suns freed up cap space 8 or 9 mil.
They are seriously contending in the KG sweepstakes."

At the risk of repeating myself, that doesn't make sense. They didn't free any cap space and this trade didn't do anything
that would help them get KG. If anything, it took away some of their trading chips (two first round picks).

The trade doesn't affect their salary cap situation for next summer - Kurt Thomas was expiring and they'll be over without
him just as they'd have been over if they kept him. Unless they buy out one of their big stars, they are way over the salary
cap next summer and could only offer KG a MLE even if he did opt out. It would have been the same if they kept Thomas
or let him go.

And if they were hoping to TRADE for KG, then they just gave away 3 things that Kevin McHale wants to get in a trade
for him - expring contract (Thomas) and draft picks (TWO of them).

This move is either about reducing luxury tax or getting some lower priced player than Thomas to fill his spot.

The world does not revolve around KG. It would be nice if the Lakers could get him, but I now think the most likely
way that that could happen is if Minnesota sucks the first half of the season and McHale caves in and takes a
lesser offer than he was demanding before the draft. At that point, the Lakers would have to give up Odom and
Kwame and their next draft pick or two, but they might be able to throw in Farmar or Crittendon (or even someone like
Sasha or Cook if they're hacing a good year to that point) and keep Bynum -- that would be the price Minnesota
would pay for waiting. It would be just like Allen Iverson last season - Philly tried to trade him during the summer,
but couldn't get a big haul, so they kept him til the trade deadline and got much less than they were being offered
during the summer.

Teniente on Kobe's new found love affair with his teamates:

"...to be consistently talking to them is a sign that he's trying to get them on the same page or something"

Now that's a nice positive spin Miguel and it just may be true. As you know however, for the man who keeps the birthday candles burning brightly while eating his cake, this new found love affair with teamates may be llittle more than his attempt at damage control. Kobe could not bear being dissed too badly after he leaves. He got a taste of what it would be like after Phil left last time. The man has been recieving and following advice.

Sonnybelfast

I welcome DFish and Mihm back, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Although DFish will be an improvement over last year's crop of PG's,
Fish is still one of the worst starting PG's in the West. Don't get angry,
I'm just stating the obvious. If VladRad can't recover to find his game,
than Phil's little pet Luke will be the starter again.
That means the Lakers will potentially have two of the worst starters in the West on
the court at the same time. If the team can stay healthy, our regular season
record should be much improved, but our defense will still be awful.
The signings of Luke, Fish and Mihm do not address our defensve issues
from last year, nor do these signings give the team a #2 option on offense.
Although the water may seem a bit wamer, we are basically in the same
boat as were when the summer started.


BK,
Why would Kobe change his stance and say "I want to stay in LA"
when NOT ONE of his demands (upgrade the talent, address the insider issue, get Jerry West)
have been met?


By the way: I have no doubt that Phil Jackson will be willing to pull Walton from the starting line-up and limit his minutes. Phil already got what he want for Walton. He wanted Walton to get a big contract. Now that he has it he won't be so subborn.

mike

i hope little tatum get the best treatment out here and will get better! stay well little lady!


its good that fish is back....but how can that cause the team to forget kobe's on stage whining? now with all these trade talks coming about, what about everyone else? i cant sit here and think that the other lakers dont feel a little unwanted at this point (probably excluding the newly signed and resigned). people are people and i really feel that there is really bad blood on the team right now, especially with LO. dont let the recent good things fool you, there are some sour lakers. to say otherwise would say that these guys are robots.

Sony belkfast diatribe:

"What Kobe wants?

It's simple.

What any 4 year old wants.

Attention."

This is psichology cheapy-pop at his best.

And with this post , looke like you are the one looking for attention.

Please, the Kings are so boring that you can't even talk about them somewhere, sometimes?

----------------------------------------------------------
THE CHRONICLES OF SERGEANT KOBE: Part 6
----------------------------------------------------------

GENERAL KUPCHAK: Ok, now that we have who we need... Get your rifle, Sergeant Kobe -- we must start preparing for battle.

SERGEANT KOBE: General Kupchak, do you really expect me to stay?

GENERAL KUPCHAK: Well of course... I brought the reinforcements you asked for...

SERGEANT KOBE: No, you lied to me... Corporal Fisher and Private Mihm are great soldiers, but we will still be slaughtered without more help. You and I both know that.

GENERAL KUPCHAK: You're wrong. Don't you know that Private Bynum has been training nonstop at the firing range for the last two months? Come, I'll show you... Private Bynum!

PRIVATE BYNUM: Yes Sir...

GENERAL KUPCHAK: How is the training going?

PRIVATE BYNUM: It's going great, sir, except... which button is the trigger again? I think i forgot.

GENERAL KUPCHAK: Don't worry, Sergeant Kobe, he's just kidding...

SERGEANT KOBE: Hey, watch where you're pointing that thing...

PRIVATE BYNUM: Owww... I feel funny...

GENERAL KUPCHAK: Somebody get the medic! Private Bynum shot himself again!

fish is a good team defender. he sucks at staying in front of people. thats why he flops so much. since the lakers dont have a interior defense, the other teams guards will score in bunches. on the bright side, fish can get them in foul trouble early.

With the mediocrity swirling around this Lakers GM office...Kobe must keep the pressure on them.
That's the only way, Mitch and the drunken and drugged owner will realize that they need to
improve the team.

vmann

"When the Lakers are losing the fix is obviously in. Kobe gets no ref love."

may i borrow a towel? for what you might ask? i spilled my milk.

"But yeah, you might be right. Kobe might not really know what he wants."

Which would make him no different than most people in the world. Right now, I'm looking for a digital camera.

I want the Canon S5 IS because it can shoot good quality video in addition to good pictures.
I want the Panasonic TZ3 because it takes slightly better pictures than the S5, and is smaller.
I want the Canon SD 850 because it would fit in my pocket.
I want the Fuji F40fd because it does the best pictures in low light.

Granted, this is different than Kobe's situation, because I could buy all 4 cameras in theory. But it is possible to
want two things (I want to be traded. I want to be a Laker for life.) at the same time.

hal9000

"Wow... I can't believe you hate Kobe so much that you would put the gambling ref and Mike Vick above him -- two people who have done more to blacken their sport then Kobe ever has."

all i'm saying is that Vick and the ref have not been proven guilty of doing anything illegal. as for the other kat (spelled purposely with a "K"), i've never mentioned anything about the kat hurting the sport, if anything, it has brought attention to how wonderful the sport is........IT DON'T MATTER HOW GOOD AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER IS, B-BALL IS STILL A TEAM CONCEPT AND SELFISH PLAYERS USUALLY DON'T GET REWARDED.

As for the "refreshing" comment, i'll condede that it was for laughs and i've succeded. take care.

jormea

"With the mediocrity swirling around this Lakers GM office...Kobe must keep the pressure on them."

how did the lakers become mediocre?

sonnybelfast,

keep on fighting in my absence. may the force be with you as Mamba24 would say.

BTW, i've documented my reasons for disliking a certain player on the laker roster whom i won't reference, may i ask what your problem is with you-know-who?

I think the Michael Teniente conpiracy theory credit some values.

I think Kobe should see how Phil is riding the bus.

I don't discount, knowing Phil Jackson snakelike manners, that he came to coach the Lakers
for 4 reasons.

1---To gain 30 millions pretty dollar faces without disminishing his credibility as a coach,
knowing LA TIMES and reporters haters will blame Kobe for the failures of this team.

2. --To control Jeanie part in the Laker pie and maneuver to nullify Jim Buss influence and input
in the Lakers enterprise.

3...To make sure Kobe won't obtain the glory of proving him wrong about what he wrote in that infamous book.

4....To make sure Michael remains untouchable in the atrium of the "best ever who played the game".


So...Kobe needs to watch closely this season, and then act in consequence.

KL Lakers became mediocre..

A. Because Shaq wanted 60 % of the cap in this lakers team and wasn't grante and he refuse to adknolewdged that
without Kobe stardom his previous seasons with the Lakers were mediocre.

B. Because the guys in the gm office are mediocre.

C...Because they place a extreme importance in disposable players like Luke Walton.

D...Because they hear and follow moronics statements from some fans Like you and some reporters
from the LA times.

E. Because the league and some racist followers doesn't let Kobe shine afraid of being labeled of protecting
a molester of a whitey slut.

B...

Geronimo Jorenema!

Yes, it is from you that I seek attention my love.

And if you wanted me to talk about the Sacramento Kings of basketball, why didn't you just say so?

Sonnybelfast

"Because the league and some racist followers doesn't let Kobe shine afraid of being labeled of protecting a molester of a whitey slut"

Yes, I think I know what you mean, and I take it this is your way of telling us that you are not, let's see, how did you put it, a "whitey slut".

Go Lakers!

Sonnybelfast

WOLF:

If you watch top perimeter defenders like Bruce Bowen or Raja Bell, you will see that thinking ahead and anticipating the offensive player’s moves and then trying to beat him to where he is going in order to draw a charging foul is a major part of their overall defensive strategy. This is something that Fisher has always been pretty good at.

Yes, he sometimes flops but so do Bell and Bowen. The idea is to make the offensive player hesitant to penetrate for fear of drawing a charging foul and thus turning the ball over. Fish may not be as quick in body as some of the guys he defends but he will be quicker in his mind anticipating where the guy is going and will thus do a better job of defending our perimeter. That is something that we never saw even once with Smush Parker or, I am sorry to say, Jordan Farmar.

Fisher’s type of defense gets into the head of the offensive player. Combine that with his toughness in general and Kobe’s renewed efforts to become the team’s defensive stopper and I think our perimeter defense will be much better this year, which will result in much improved team defense.

Tom

jorema, you do realize that what you just posted was completely insane, right?

Phil Jackson came back to PREVENT Kobe from ever accomplishing anything and to keep Jordan's name pure?

jorema, drink more water, it's hot outside, I think you are hallucinating.

I think think the starting lineup should be like this


PG Fisher/JC/Farmar
SG Kobe/Evans
SF Odom/Walton/Radman
PF turiaf/brown
C Bynum/Mihm


 
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