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Derek Fisher: Exit Interview

During his official end-of-the-season exit interview Tuesday afternoon in El Segundo, Derek Fisher had some very interesting comments on Kobe Bryant, and what motivates him as a player:

"Imagine if you felt as though you personally wanted to, and had the ability to be the best person to ever do (something).  Ever.  To ever hold a camera, to ever write a newspaper, to ever teach a class.  If you felt like you could possibly be the best person to ever do it, in the world, how hard would you go after it?  Would you lose a lot of sleep over what other people thought you should be doing, if you felt like you could be the best to ever do it?  That's a conversation I've never had with myself, in terms of being the best person to ever play basketball, but that's where he lives.  He lives in that place of, "I want to be the best to ever have done this."  Not just the best Laker, not just the best guard.  "I want to be the best."  That's all he strives for."

Earlier in the clip (embedded below) Fish also notes that Bryant "lets more people in, but still keeps the same competitive fire and desire," whether in his interactions with other players or even with fans. Combine the determination described above with a greater openness and the natural maturity that comes with age and experience, and it's no surprise Kobe has been able to allow his approach to the game and leadership skills to evolve in a positive way. 

The full clip, with much more below the jump:

Here, Fish is asked if he's had a chance to put his big threes in Game 4 of the Finals in perspective, relative to the rest of his career. No, he said, but there was some impact when he saw Tuesday's paper, which listed the five biggest shots Lakers playoff history. "The first time I looked at it, I just saw it. Then I looked at it again, and I said out loud, "I'm on there twice." The impact of that, given all the incredible playoff moments in the history of the franchise, was big.

I asked him if he planned to tape that bad boy to Kobe's locker. Fish smiled,"I need a puppet, right?"

Fisher was asked if Phil Jackson gave any clues as to his status for next season. "We did talk about the future," he said. "I didn't get the feeling leaving that he wasn't going to be my coach next season. But as you guys know, as well as i've learned, just because that's the card that he's showing doesn't necessarily mean that's the one he's going to play. But for all intents and purposes, I could be wrong, but I just think that we have a collection of players and with the veteran leadership of Kobe and myself I think that he can feel good about the ability to coach and manage this team. I think he sees Kobe and myself as extensions of him, and that all the work is not just on him to continue to help the team mature and grow the way we need to."

From there, he praises extensively the team building ability of Mitch Kupchak.

Finally, Fish talks about the happiness he's felt since winning again. The fourth, he said, feels just like the first.

BK

 
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Derek Fisher is fricken awesome.

King of the Intangibles.

A true leader.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

God bless Derek Fisher.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Kudos to the Kambrothers for providing me with all the necessary reading. You guys have done a great job this season (I have been reading since the days when Vanderbilt was still in a 51 year bowl drought and the Lakers stuck in the Smush years), always providing with great analysis and providing unparalleled access outside of the mainstream sports websites. Even with some of the corniest taglines this side of Kansas, I won't stop eating them up.


Just want to point to Reed's new post at Forum Blue and Gold. A lot has been made of the Simmons article and it has created tremors all across SportsNation (tm), especially here in my present city of Chicago. One would think that a Phil Jackson lead team with the best player in the league player would only help justify their titles, but Simmons has created perfect ammunition for the haters. In Chicago, one would think dynamite has been placed on the Jordan statue in front of the United Center.

To the haters, I gotta say: Where is your parade?

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Derek Fisher, in my opinion, defines what "class" is all about in the NBA and pro sports in general.

He always puts everything into perspective on and off the court both professionally and personally.

On the court, he is as competitive as they come through thick and thin. Off the court, he is as caring as can be about people from the human side of the equation.

Like they say, "Class IS is what class DOES."

A champion indeed!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

My Email to Bill Simmons:

HEY I JUST THOUGHT OF A GOOD SYNONYM FOR "BILL SIMMONS" A "GUTLESS CHIMP WITH A KEYBOARD" Let me explain: Your funny Billy----just like a chimp----yet hard to respect---like hmmm who comes to mind…Richard Simmons. Yeah my work is just about as creative as yours. Ha-ha. Perhaps instead having your column being called “the sports guy" it should be labeled as “poop Journalism” and be defecated on by a contestant on a Japanese game show. To be fair to you Bill your actually fantastic at igniting hate, which I guess is a good quality to have as a writer. You’re very much like another Bill, no not Clinton so much, but Bill O'Riley in that manner; in all likelihood you two seem to have much in common; it’s abundantly clear you share the same principles when it comes to journalism. This is the No Spin Zone silly Billy. Keep up the atrocious work.

Love you Fish!

PARADE on TV

PARADE on TV

PARADE on TV

Like myself and many others from far away and different parts of the world, we can WATCH the PAREDE LIVE !!!!! on this local TV channel

http://cbs2.com/ from 10 AM -1PM (Pacific or Los Angeles Time)

from 10-11 it will be a studio and such THING and @ 11, they will go live to cover ALL the parade.

http://tinyurl.com/nrlvkg


enjoy

LGL

TOP 12 NBA BEST PLAYERS EVER

1. Bill Russell
2. Wilt Chamberlain
3. Oscar Robertson
4. Jerry West
5. Larry Bird
6. John Havlicek
7. Julius Erving
8. Michael Jordan
9. Tim Duncan
10. Walt Frazier
11. Akeem Alajuwan
12. Bob Cousy

Where's Kobe?
Exactly!!!!!!!!
Why?
NO CLASS
NO TEAM ORIENTED MIND
NO 3-D Quality

Just a Arrogant, 2 dimentional ball hog

SORRY FOLKS,...The truth hurts

Trade Kobe while there's some trade value and lets build a real TEAM!!!!!

TRADE KOBE
HE's KILLING THE GAME!!!!!!!
WE NEED AQ TEAM
NOT A ONE GIRL SHOW

LAKER FANS.......DEMAND A TEAM!!!!!!!


Jerry Buss has now a chance to win 4 more championships if he only would spend the money to keep both Odom and Ariza.

How much are 4 more championships worth to Jerry Buss?

Does Jerry Buss have the desire to become the best major sports team owner of the 21st Century?

Does Jerry Buss have the desire to beat the Celtics in total number of championships?

Does Jerry Buss want to put the Lakers' lead in championships out of reach?

This Lakers team is still very young and has much potential. The leaders are in their prime and (other than Fisher) have more years left to play.

What a waste it would be to let either Odom or Ariza go.

Odom is the Lakers' most valuable rebounder, power forward, and on of the key ball handlers. His length and defensive capabilities and offensive capabilities are going to be difficult to lose. Losing Odom means losing 10-15 rebounds a game. Andrew Bynum is too slow and dumb to match the lost of Odom. When Odom is playing well, the Lakers are impossible to beat. Remember how when Bynum went down, the Lakers still beat the Celtics and the Cavaliers - on their court. During the Playoffs, Bynum was a nonfactor. It was Odom that was a huge key to the Lakers winning. Odom can guard the Power Fowards while Gasol plays center. Gasol and Odom is a huge and potent combination.

Ariza is a huge contributor to defense - of course. He is just developing and is not yet in his prime. He IS becoming Scottie Pippin to Kobe Bryant. How can the Lakers lose him? Think about all the defensive stops that he gave to the Lakers in the playoffs. He is extremely competitive. He has a high ceiling which he still has not yet met, but he is going to reach. He has a huge upside.

With Fisher's continued deterioration, losing either Odom or Ariza is going to be like losing TWO CORE PLAYERS out of their top six players. This loss cannot be made up by Luke Walton - who is already playing as well as he can. Losing a ball handler in Odom would mean much more work for an aging Bryant.

Without Odom, I seriously doubt the Lakers can win another title. Without Ariza, I seriously doubt the Lakers can win either.

Sorry, but Andrew Bynum is slow and dumb. He is big but too slow. He may be bright as a person but his basketball IQ is so darn low, it is pitiful. He does not have basketball instincts. It is like watching the Candyman play.

Odom and Ariza are both very smart players. The Triangle Offense requires smart players. The rest of the team was spoon feeding Andrew Bynum so he could get his points. But seriously, he is not going to be the rebounder that even Pau Gasol is. He will not be as good a rebounder as Odom is. Whatever Andrew becomes, it will be icing on the cake. But the cake itself includes BOTH Odom and Ariza.

It kills me to think that Jerry Buss would BLOW this opportunity to win 4 more championships - at least - with this Lakers team.

This Lakers team has the potential to be DOMINANT like the Magic teams, which won 5 championships. This team just came together. It just one its first championship. Kobe just won his 4th championship at an age YOUNGER than Michael Jordan when Jordan won his 4th championship.

Blowing up this team by losing Odom or Ariza will kill their chances for a championship. The other teams will get better next year. There is no doubt about it. Will the Lakers blow their chances by GETTING WORSE?

Will Jerry Buss BLOW the opportunity for 4 more championships?

Jerry?

Raise the ticket prices. I and the rest of the Lakers nation want both Odom and Ariza. We want 4 more championships.

Jerry?

Pure class, that Fisher.

I'm so happy you guys! Wish I could be there for the parade, but if it happens next year I'm doing everything I can to be there! Represent for me if you go, wouldja?

I LOVE LA!!!!!!!!!!!
WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Yellowfever,

I believe you wrote: 11. Morrison- FA in 2011-12.... Still intriguing option and I like to replace luke as backup. Has smarts and outside shot we need. I say has lots of upside since playing with kobe

my response: I doubt very seriously that
Morrison will replace luke as backup.
Luke knows the offense as well as
anyone. He played good defense in
the finals. He had a nice mix of outside
shooting and going inside. The
replacement won't happen unless Luke's
shot/game is off next season. You can
give up this pipe-dream.

I'm in line for the parade.........at gate 23! Yes

I'm in line for the parade.........at gate 23! Yes

A class act...simply put.

Fantastic stuff from one of the best guys!!

I feel jealous I cannot be in the parade and I cannot even watch it on TV. I am at work and do not want to 4 hours of company time lest I get fired to watch live streaming video. Can they replay this whole thing tonight? I have satellite TV please, please let me know. Mamba24, please help me see this parade. I think I will feel sick and go home to watch this. What you think?

James Katt,
THere is no basis for that analysis of Bynum.

That man should have his number hanging in the rafters too. Seriously. Pure class, hard work and clutch.

Haters,

Los Angeles Lakers---2009 NBA Champions

Kobe Bryant-----2009 NBA Finals MVP

THE TRUTH HURTS!

Go Lakers!
F the C's!

Where are you Mamba24? Are you going to call the roll call at the parade route, at the Coliseum, at the parking lot? LOL. I'm ready with the parade with false teeth on, with a diaper on, w/ sun tan lotion on, with all Rx taken check, with two sets of spectacles, w/ binocular, w/ 10 megapixel camera, w/ cell phone on in case Faith calls, now my problem is where to park? This is like planning your trip to Kabul or Tehran, will I be back alive. See u on TV, my code word is AK/BK. LMAO!

Are you ready Laker fans? Please don't destroy any property at the Coliseum, this is for sale in order to finance the bankrupt state. Don't drink and drive if you want to blog again.. Good Luck

While at the ceremony, shall I think who will be the PG of the future kobe, fish, ariza, farm, shan etc?, who are the starters next year? who will we take LO or TA? who will be the next coach? who will we retain Farm or Shan? what will happen to the beast? how much luxury taxes will JB pay? what? what ? what? waht? what? no end in asking question like Lil Pest.....can we not allow half day celebrate w/o asking questions? aren't you all satisfied we won the Championship, do you want more? Wait for the next season. LMAO!

Oh yeah - parade day baby!!!

I will bust out my original (and personal best) haiku for you - it seems appropriate.


On Figueroa
June's parade joyously loud
O'Brien is home


CONGRATS to our 2009 CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!

Finally - Los Angeles is once again (and rightfully so) the BASKETBALL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!!

Bynum was coming off a major injury. He is still a very young pup. You don't think his defense help set the tone against "Superman"? Did you see him in the last game againt Houston?The Lakers would not have been in the Championship game had it not been for Andrew and Gasol in the last game against Houston. Andrew spoke up first to Phil then Pau Gasol did too. They both told Phil... feed the big men and we will win. Kobe is not the reason they won. They one because the big men dominated- offensively and defensively as a unit.
Bynum is going to a great talent. For a 7'1" player he has more skills then most.

HOW TO SAVE THE LAKERS!!

Look I can't blame Buss for not wanting to go 15 million in luxury tax on top of 90 million in salaries, so how about this?

1)50, 000 of us fans kick in 100 bucks apiece. I'd do it. So would you. Isn't it worth it to have a dynasty back?? Thats 5 mil right there.
2) Jack and 50 of his rich celeb friends kick in 10 grand apiece. Pocket change for them. And that's another 5 mil.
3) Buss digs deep for 5 mil more of his own and - voila we have enough money to resign both Trevor and Lamar.

Look at the Celts - they let Posey go and when KG went down they were toast. WE need our starting small forward AND we need Lamar not only for his skills, but also as insurance if Pau or Bynum (again) goes down.

Anybody else willing to put their money where their mouth is and kick in a C-note?


Good morning everybody...oh my god, I've been watching the live streams from L.A. since 8am EST today and it's crazy. For the bestfeed, go to

http://media.myfoxla.com/live/

ex,

>>> James Katt,
>>> THere is no basis for that analysis of Bynum.

Thanks, ex. You can always tell fans who post without reading everybody else’s posts.

I was just thinking back to the early days of the blog with Smush and Kwame and the birth of the GHF and GHE factions. Wonder what happened to your GHE co-star Andrew Z. Anyway, who would have thought that the two extremes of the optimism spectrum would be able to finally synchronize their realities. Now about your politics…

LOL. It’s been a blast blogging with you, ex, especially now that we rarely disagree. Thanks.

Tom

The haters will be out no matter what, I guess. Too bad nothing they can say will make the championship any less meaningful.

Happy to be a Lakers fan!

>>>>
TRADE KOBE
HE's KILLING THE GAME!!!!!!!
WE NEED AQ TEAM
NOT A ONE GIRL SHOW
LAKER FANS.......DEMAND A TEAM!!!!!!!
>>>>

See, this is really funny. Some people are so butt-hurt that even after the LA Lakers win the 2009 NBA champiobship, they post stuff like this. Yeah, we just beat 29 teams & get a new set of rings, so we'll trade the best player in the game today. Wow, the Unibomber made more sense. But the trolls keep at it, like the guy rocking back and forth in the corner who keeps saying someone stole his ball of string.

I laugh at everyone I read, wondering how pathetic their life must be to come to this blog and post the dumbest things since Paris Hilton's last press conference.


LA Lakers, 2009 NBA Champions

Voice of Reason,

Dude, you're an idiot and you are either Butler or 131-92. Get a fricken life you scumbag.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

James Katt,

You are being unnecessarily harsh on Andrew Bynum. You've forgotten how well he was playing before he got hurt. Take a deep breath and relax.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Phil Jackson never wins Coach of the Year.

Mitch Kupchak hasn't won Executive of the Year.

That makes a lot of sense.

There isn't an anti-Laker bias in the NBA. Yeah. Sure. Right. Okay.

It sucks that I won't be able to attend the parade. I hope everyone has a wonderful time and celebrates with class.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

ouchhhhhhhhh,

Thanks for the link.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I know exit interviews are a part of the season, but doesn't it seem like no one should leave for a few weeks. I get this image that the team should still be in a room together hopping up and down and screaming.

Until October.

Regarding the debate between Farmar and Brown:

Brown is superior in almost every way except that Farmar is quicker and more intelligent; however, Brown is more humble and thus would be a better learner.

I like both players, but forced to make a choice between the two, I'd have to choose Shannon Brown.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Anyone know about links to the parade?

I have to see this thing. It's the best part of the championship.

Wes

Yellowfever,

I'm going to have to agree with Hobbitmage in his assessment about Adam Morrison taking over for Luke Walton. Phil has mad man-love for Luke and his high basketball IQ. He's going to remain a key component of our second team.

That much said, I must admit that Adam Morrison intrigues me. From one of the Kamenetsky Brothers interviews with him, one could tell that this guy is intelligent, competitive and humble. I'm going to pay A LOT of attention to his play in Summer League.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Ouch,


Call me crazy, but your links do not have a parade link.

Any parade links out there?

Please help. Indiana needs its Laker fix.

Wes

Here's a link:

http://tinyurl.com/me5fd5


Wes

Any better links? This one keeps stalling.

Wes

David Stern's nightmare.

Good.

We need to get rid of him.

T.J. Simers and David Stern need to go. Their generation is old, corrupt, and self-absorbed.

http://tinyurl.com/kupym8

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

LT,
Thanks.

"Now about your politics…"

Your views on Bynum and Farmar have moderated over the past two seasons. Eventually, your politics will come around, too.

Jay Jay,

How you doing, man. Hollinger reported in his last column that the Lakers earned $4M extra income for each of the 12 home playoff games played at Staples for a total of $48M.

I have to think that the is enough to re-sign Lamar, Trevor, and Shannon and maybe even sign a free agent for the MLE. Lakers are now the NBA’s version of the Yankees. LOL!

Tom

In watching the parade and the fans, a quick comment.

I cannot wait until Rap finally dies out. All this thug-life gesticulation is just so utterly stupid and lame. Come on. Present yourselves with a bit of class not as some charicature of a fool. It's utterly unflattering.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey voice of reason you sound like tj simers not much soul just like crab grass does't look good and hard to get rid of maverick

When the Lakers learn how to form and play as a "TEAM", then, and only then shall they recieve Universal RESPECT!,
Until then,...
We all know the One Girl Sell-out Show shall disgrace and embarrass all knowledgable Basketball afficienado's.
This is No quality TEAM
This is for KIDS
Silly Faker Rabits
LMAO

DEMAND BETTER

Voice of (T)reason -

Your list is atrocious and without basis. Please tell me it wasn't serious. I'm not even sure where to begin...

Russell #1? West #4? Jordan #8? Frazier #10? Cousy #12? LOL! WTF is your criteria?

No Kareem? No Magic? No Kobe?

Shame, shame. Run along home now.

This parade is COOL.

I can't wait to hear from the guys. What a great team.

Wes

Real School Laker Fan,

So, we're supposed to listen to a person who doesn't even know how to type coherent sentences?

Demand better? What? Better than a Championship?

Get a life.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

wassup everyone!

wassup mamba, K bros, and everyone else..

just wanted to say Hi to everyone and to say ROCK THAT PARADE (w/o the rioting of course)

im stuck in korea so just wanted to say congrats to all the fans over there and to have a great time celebrating!

GO LAKERS!

Great day. Any live updates from the coliseum?

Love this team.

Wes

Winston,

I don't know if you're new here or not, but it's unspoken policy of this blog, as far as I know, to leave politics, no matter who you are outside of this blog. They're some Liberal/Democrats blogs so as Conservative/Republicans; you can post politically motivated posts over there, because this one devoted to all Lakers fans, no matter what political views they're holding.

ex,

LOL. You forget how old I am. When I was younger, I was more conservative. Then, as I grew older and wiser and smarter, my politics changed accordingly. So there still is some hope that your politics will follow the same course, like a good wine improving with age.

Tom

Blog fam and friends,

Man, you gotta love Lakers championships in the Internet age, what with the blog and live coverage of the parade. This is the BEST championship ever and I have seen all of the other nine in LA. Wait until Kobe enters the Coliseum. It will register on the Richter scale.

Tom

Parades are for Kids
Silly Rabbit
LMAO

Whose the idiot that posted the Top 12 players and he didnt mention Magic or Kareem.....The Idiot couldnt even google Hakeem Olajuwon name and spell it correctly....WHAT A LOSER....You can tell he's a bandwagoner when it comes to sports.....

Go Lakers.....Get one for the thumb next year Kobe and Fish........

Parades are for Kids
Silly Rabbit
LMAO

Posted by: Old School,...Quality School | June 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Kids= champs
Silly Rabbit= Champ

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