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Derek Fisher makes final case why Lakers need to keep him

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Lakers guard Derek Fisher appeared animated on the sideline. The team had spent much of the third quarter cutting a 13-point deficit down to four points, and there was no way the team could afford to allow Boston to widen the gap. No one questioned the Lakers' effort, but with tightness and shooting continuing to be a struggle, Fisher wanted his teammates to somehow make it work.

"He said, "Guys we've got 12 minutes, 12 minutes to dig down, get back into this game," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant recalled Fisher saying. "Everything that we've worked hard for, we've got 12 minutes to put it back together, and we followed suit."

That included Fisher. For a player that's made plenty of big shots in his storied 14-year career, he hit a three-pointer that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said "changed the complexity of the game." Lakers forward Pau Gasol kicked the ball out of the post to Fisher, who nailed a 26-foot trey to the tie the game at 64-64 with 6:12 remaining in the game. From that point on, the Lakers maintained the lead.

"That shot continued to feed the crowd and the energy," said Fisher, who scored 10 points on four of six shooting. "It got us the momentum we needed to finish this game down the stretch."

It also added another chapter to the value Fisher brings to the team. That conversation comes at an opportune time considering Fisher, at age 35, will become a free agent July 1. And if Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has anything to do with it, Fisher will be there next year.

"That's D Fish," Bryant said about his key three-pointer. "There's not enough words of praise I can use to describe him and how I feel about him."

But Bryant actually spoke much more about Fisher after the team's 91-84 Game 3 victory over Boston, largely propelled by Fisher's 11 fourth-quarter points. "He's really the only one I listen to," Bryant said after the game. "Everybody else is a bunch of kids."

The Lakers surely listened to Fisher on the sideline before the fourth quarter, resulting in the team holding Boston to two field goals in the first 6:22 of the quarter. That the team takes Fisher's advice isn't anything new. He calmed them down in Game 3 of the Finals. He addressed the team about the necessity to play for each other before the postseason began. And he often led team discussions during adverse moments in the regular season.

Even if Fisher isn't a kid, as Bryant called it, he displayed his wide-eyed personality afterward in the locker room as if this were the first time he won a championship. Fisher, who will collect his fifth ring, playfully yelled "raindrops!" as beer was poured on his championship hat. He smiled when a reporter informed him he's now able to shave his playoff beard. And he shared his belief that Los Angeles should host a parade for the Lakers every week.

Clearly, winning a championship and hitting big shots aren't getting old for Fisher. Though he made a game-winner with 0.4 of a second left in the 2004 West semifinals against San Antonio and two key three-pointers in Game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals, Fisher ranked his latest shot above the rest because it happened the same night the Lakers won the title. But his shot and the rest of the Lakers' key shots are a result of Fisher inspiring the team at the end of the third quarter.

"We just felt as a team we needed to figure this thing out," Fisher said. "That's what's so great about winning this game."

From the Lakers' standpoint, they realized once again Fisher's been largely instrumental in the team accomplishing that goal. And Fisher doesn't want to stop anytime soon.

Said Fisher: "If it's up to me, there's no way I wouldn't want to keep doing this and enjoying this."

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Derek Fisher and his wife, Candace, celebrate on the court of Staples Center after the Lakers' 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Let's freeze Fish right now, and unfreeze him before the next playoffs.


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Magia32, Did Wilbon, McHale, et al, actually say that this was an "asterisk" title?

Really? Their team overall was a lot healthier than the Lakers! They lost Perkins for Game 7 and 3/4 of Game 6. I agree with Phil, Perkins injury made them more lethal with Rasheed "Stains" Wallace getting the start and starters minutes. He made it more of a game than if Perkins was there.

We had multiple injury Kobe, multiple team shooting and off-hand injuries (Artest, Gasol & Brown) that will probably require off-season surgery, and Drew's knee!!!

A Somewhat Healthier Laker Team Results in Lakers in 5!!!

They Should Just Be Thankful They Got to Go 7!!!

If this Championship is an asterisk for the Lakers, then 2008 has a DOUBLE ASTERISK as Bynum didn't play a single game and Ariza just got cleared from a broken foot and played limited minutes. Moreover, Kobe was playing with that injured tendon in his shooting hand.

The ABC and NBA Gametime Crew are Notorious Laker Haters!!!

But, THROUGH REVENGE ONE FINDS FORGIVENESS...

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT!!!!!

Posted by: Marc B (With a 'C') | June 18, 2010 at 01:42 PM

And there are people ranking Jordan Farmar ahead of him?

Shades of people who wanted Mark Madsen to start ahead of Robert Horry in the 2002-2003 season.

Derek Fisher may not be prime Fisher (a very solid role player) and is a defensive liability against PG's (though against SG's he's done surprisingly well). And if he starts again next season he's going to get even more grief from Laker fans when he gets burned by PG's (though the same can be said of other PG's like Mo Williams even though Mo has good offense he got roasted by Rondo).

That being said the way Fisher AGAIN has impacted the Finals in Game 3 and that clutch 3 in Game 7 he deserves at least another 1 or 2 maybe though at the veteran's minimum not the mid level he got as a 33 year old. If the Lakers don't re-sign Farmar (which is likely because he wants to start and he has clashed with the coaching staff over what playing style he wants to do) we'll need to sign another PG maybe Steve Blake and draft a PG and let him develop first.

Breaking news:

Shaq is having his pinky amputated so he can say he has handful of rings also!


LA Lakers, 2009-2010 NBA Champions

LongTimeLakerFan,

I've considered your proposal of calling them the Spurm, but they're the only champion pedigree team outside of the Lakers that act like a champion, win or lose.

To me the Utah fan's classless acts about Fish warrant them being called the Jizz.

Thanks for the suggestion.

GO LAKERS!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT!!!!!


Breaking news:

Shaq is having his pinky amputated so he can say he has a handful of rings also!


LA Lakers, 2009-2010 NBA Champions


Oops, missed an "a".

REPOST.

Not sure how folks can come on here and complain about any Laker, particularly Kobe and Pau.

Look, turn it around -- Pierce, Garnett, and Allen filled their pants basically the entire series, but particularly last night. Why? Because the Lakers, led by Kobe, hounded them and outworked them for every damn rebound and loose ball. The Lakers played defense the last 7 or 8 minutes better than almost any team I've ever watched -- go back and check out the rotations, the traps, the switches. Paul Pierce was trying to pass out of double teams off the wrong foot!

And, for all the complaints about the Celtics being tired, look at the minutes logged by Kobe, Pau, Artest, etc. These guys averaged in the mid-40s and still summoned the will to make plays in the crucible -- last five minutes of the fourth quarter of the seventh game of the NBA Finals.

Floyd had it right in his post. As fans we get mad sometimes, but what's the point in a re-hash of who shot poorly? Why come on here and say negative stuff? Weird.

D-Fish isn't going anywhere...guaranteed! Now go enjoy the new championship ring!!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5301538

Iverson wants to come back to help a team win a championship.

I can't help but to think he wants to help the Celtics.

It won't matter.

LAKERS NEED DFISH FOR ONE REASON, there is no other leader in the team other than Dfish, no ifs ands butts.

Even Kobe admits that they "we" followed suit:

Kobe Bryant recalled Fisher saying. "Everything that we've worked hard for, we've got 12 minutes to put it back together, and we followed suit."

Simply put, leadership is not a learned behavior but an innate gift, Magic had one, Bird had one and Dfish has one.

Also, don't forget Magic Johnson is the greatest Lakers and will always be.

**REPOST ***

Bryant: You in the Finals?

Pierce: Not regularly.

Bryant: There's a passage I got memorized. Kobezekiel 24:16. "The path of the Champion is beset on all sides by the inequities of the Celtics and the tyranny of David Stern. Blessed is he who, in the name of HUNGER and MAD HEART, shepherds his team through the valley of the FINALS. For he is truly his teammate's keeper and the finder of lost RINGS. And I will strike down upon thee with GREAT VENGEANCE and FURIOUS ANGER those who attempt to poison and destroy my BANNERS. And you will know I AM THE CHAMP when I lay my vengeance upon you." I been playin' like that for years. And if you ever saw it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought I was just a cold-blooded thing to UNLEASH on a motherf@#ker before I snatched a Championship from your ass. But I saw some ish last night made me think twice. Now I'm thinkin': it could mean you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. AND MR 37 (THRILLA) HERE, HE'S THE SHEPHERD PROTECTING MY RIGHTEOUS ASS IN THE VALLEY OF THE FINALS. Or it could be you're the drama queen and I'm the shepherd and it's the NBA that's evil and selfish. I'd like that. But your PUNK @ZZ ain’t “THE TRUTH”. The truth is, YOU'RE THE WEAK. And I'm the tyranny of the LAKERS. But I'm tryin, Pierce. I'm tryin' reeeaall hard to be the 5 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPION.

*****

Bryant: Now with wins over Heat, Cavs & Magic and takin us to 7 games, you've had a pretty good run, right?

Pierce: nods his head meekly

Bryant: I need you to reach in your bag and give me my Finals MVP trophy.

Pierce: How will I know which one it is?

Bryant: It's the one that's inscripted "BAD MUTHAF@#KA".

That was a great win last night. I love how we just simply found a way to win. Can't ask for more than that.

As for D Fish, I can only hope that we resign him. Besides the money Fish may be looking for, the other big issue I see is that Fish wants to keep starting. He's not ready to be an off-the-bench player again (see GPayton years). However, this is where Mitch earns his big bucks. C'mon, Mitch, find a way! Fish found a way for two finals in a row!!!

Bryant: You in the Finals?

Pierce: Not regularly.

Bryant: There's a passage I got memorized. Kobezekiel 24:16. "The path of the Champion is beset on all sides by the inequities of the Celtics and the tyranny of David Stern. Blessed is he who, in the name of HUNGER and MAD HEART, shepherds his team through the valley of the FINALS. For he is truly his teammate's keeper and the finder of lost RINGS. And I will strike down upon thee with GREAT VENGEANCE and FURIOUS ANGER those who attempt to poison and destroy my BANNERS. And you will know I AM THE CHAMP when I lay my vengeance upon you." I been playin' like that for years. And if you ever saw it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought I was just a cold-blooded thing to UNLEASH on a motherf@#ker before I snatched a Championship from your ass. But I saw some ish last night made me think twice. Now I'm thinkin': it could mean you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. AND MR 37 (THRILLA) HERE, HE'S THE SHEPHERD PROTECTING MY RIGHTEOUS ASS IN THE VALLEY OF THE FINALS. Or it could be you're the drama queen and I'm the shepherd and it's the NBA that's evil and selfish. I'd like that. But your PUNK @ZZ ain’t “THE TRUTH”. The truth is, YOU'RE THE WEAK. And I'm the tyranny of the LAKERS. But I'm tryin, Pierce. I'm tryin' reeeaall hard to be the 5 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPION.

*****

Bryant: Now with wins over Heat, Cavs & Magic and takin us to 7 games, you've had a pretty good run, right? Pierce: nods his head meekly Bryant: I need you to reach in your bag and give me my Finals MVP trophy. Pierce: How will I know which one it is? Bryant: It's the one that's inscripted "BAD MUTHAF@#KA". Posted by: HalosAnt | June 18, 2010 at 02:13 PM
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OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING HALOSANT!!
Mamba24

When it's all said and done...

Fishers jersey NEEDS to be retired and placed among the rafters on the same exact day Kobe's jersey is put up, no matter what happens from here on out.

The team just won the finals last night. Mitch's "playoffs" officially begin July 1st. But, let’s be honest; they begin today. Mitch doesn't have to do much to ensure the core has the appropriate support next year. C'mon, Mitch!!

ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF KOBE'S LEADERSHIP:

Artest candidly described the critical 3-pointer he hit in the game's closing moments:

"[Bryant] never passes me the ball and he passed me the ball. Phil didn't want me to shoot the three. He's the Zen Master, so he can speak to you and he doesn't need a microphone. You can hear him in your head, 'Ron, don't shoot.' Whatever. Pow, three. I love the Zen though."

Dear Laker fans of Machine,

BACK TO BACK!!!!!!!!!!! Machine so happy after final buzzer, Machine hug best friend Kobe for 3 minutes and 12 seconds straight. Best friend Kobe tried to let go, but Machine hold on for dear life.

Machine make critical FT's to seal victory, and Machine guarantee THREEPEAT.

Sincerely,

Sasha

MEET RON RON HIS FAMILY WITH HANNAH STORM:

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/extras/celtics_blog/?p1=SportsNav_Index_CelticsBlog


THRILL OF VICTORY AGONY OF DEFEAT

>>> Q. Do you think just if he was in there that that would have changed that a lot?
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>>> DOC RIVERS: I can't say. I know, and I told our guys this, the starting
>>> lineup still hasn't lost. It was a shame we didn't have that starting lineup tonight.
>>>But I told them, you're still yet to have a true chance to defend your title because
>>>Perk wasn't there.
~
What a crock of crap. The only reason you won in 2008, Doc, was because Andrew
Bynum was injured. So STFU and resign as the Celtics coach and spend time with your kids.
An asterisk should be added to the 2008 NBA title. Maybe you can talk the NBA into letting
you have some of those 2010 NBA Celtics hats that are going to be donated to charity.
Then you can continue to live in your fantasy world. Disrespect us all you want.
Bottom line, we are the two-time champs and will win our 2nd three-peat next year.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

The Lakers without DFish is like the LAT Lakers Blog without Mamba24 !!!! I dont see it...

The Lakers without DFish is like the LAT Lakers Blog without Mamba24 !!!! I dont see it... Posted by: complex brotha | June 18, 2010 at 02:43 PM
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Thank you My Brotha, I promise I'll have that check in the mail tonight!
Lol!
Mamba24

Breaking news: Shaq is having his pinky amputated so he can say he has a handful of rings also! Posted by: HBMatt | June 18, 2010 at 01:52 PM
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Shaq needs to have his but amputated so he can taste it himself and can stop asking people how it tastes, the freaking lunatic. Although he is a... Laker for life. Oh The Humanity!!

Lakers and DFishwill not going to make the mistake again of not staying together. Fish will retire a Laker.

Dear Laker fans of Machine, BACK TO BACK!!!!!!!!!!! Machine so happy after final buzzer, Machine hug best friend Kobe for 3 minutes and 12 seconds straight. Best friend Kobe tried to let go, but Machine hold on for dear life. Posted by: SASHA V. | June 18, 2010 at 02:27 PM
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haha! Thats some funny ISH! LMAO!!!
mAMAB24

BREAKING NEWS:


2010 Celtics NBA Championship merchandise on sale Monday exclusively at Big Lots. $1.00 per item. Mention Shrek or Donkey and they'll sell you 5 items of your choice for $.50 cents.

Also, one lucky fan will be entered in a drawing to win Rondo's authentic Game 7 chin Band-Aid. A must have keepsake for your entire family.


Visit www.myteamblows13pointleadsinthe3rdquarter.com for more info on this one time only firesale!

BREAKING NEWS:


2010 Celtics NBA Championship merchandise on sale Monday exclusively at Big Lots. $1.00 per item. Mention Shrek or Donkey and they'll sell you 5 items of your choice for $.50 cents. Also, one lucky fan will be entered in a drawing to win Rondo's authentic Game 7 chin Band-Aid. A must have keepsake for your entire family. Visit www.myteamblows13pointleadsinthe3rdquarter.com for more info on this one time only firesale!
Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | June 18, 2010 at 02:59 PM
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Stop this, Stop this Pleaaaaase! This way lies madness. WAHAHAH! ROFLMFAO!!!

Zen,

you wrote/copied: ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF KOBE'S LEADERSHIP:

Artest candidly described the critical 3-pointer he hit in the game's closing moments:

"[Bryant] never passes me the ball and he passed me the ball. Phil didn't want me to shoot the three.

my response: Let me get this straight. *YOU* are complaing about Kobe's
leadership because he did what the coach asked him to do???

Let's spell this out. Phil (the coach) didn't want Artest to shoot the three.
Kobe (the player) doesn't pass the ball to the new guy who couldn't buy a
shot for the entire season.

*YOU* are saying that Kobe isn't a great leader because he's implementing
Phil's game plan? i.e. Don't give the ball to Artest because he doesn't know
the offense and can't shoot a 3-ptr. Or ... You're saying that Kobe isn't a
great leader because with the championship on the line and his shot being off
he gave the ball to the new guy on the team, who could then be a hero?

Listen: The Lakers are NBA champions. Now is a time for celebration and
gratitude. If you really need to rain on people's happiness tell you what:

Go into the bathroom and piss your pants. Then you will have double your
pleasure. You will have the pleasure of pissing on someone. When you
come out of the bathroom you will have the pleasure of sharing your
lovely manners with everyone you come into contact with.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakeres!!!

2010 Celtics NBA Championship merchandise on sale Monday exclusively at Big Lots. $1.00 per item. Mention Shrek or Donkey and they'll sell you 5 items of your choice for $.50 cents.


Also, one lucky fan will be entered in a drawing to win Rondo's authentic Game 7 chin Band-Aid. A must have keepsake for your entire family.


Visit www.myteamblows13pointleadsinthe3rdquarter.com for more info on this one time only firesale!


Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | June 18, 2010 at 02:59 PM
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Great I'm gonna let my buddy know, he works in Public Sanitation and they are always in need of RAGS to help clean up all the SH!# whenever there is a sewage spill or when a septic tank bursts.

Just thinking It's been said that Kobe didn't/doesn't have his scottie pippen.However it's been painfully clear(just ask the septics) that DFish is Kobe's pippen or a very big rabbits foot..lol

I also noticed that despite all Kobe's injuries,they've been hardly mentioned in relation to his championship clinching bad nite..lol There was a lot of Jordan never did bla bla bla,but did he ever play with 2 busted fingers,a knee,and an ankle?? If I recall jordan did play with a major injury(the Flu)...of well I digress... also let's not 4get when we judge how great Kobe is,that Magic had Jabbar yet no one ever says.....
When it's all said and done though the fact that Kobe's being mentioned with these greats is a testiment to his greatness,especially since he's been playing injured for so long,that fact should never be overlooked....

Congats LA fans, you beat the best teams to get the title (Suns, Celts).

One of these days hopefully we SUNS fans will have something to cheer about in June too. It's like groundhog day seeing your team in the Finals again and again, but deep pockets do make a difference in this league.

See you next fall!

Oh yeah, the hats will come in really handy when they need to scoop up the really "chunky" mess...


@Halos Ant: "Great I'm gonna let my buddy know, he works in Public Sanitation and they are always in need of RAGS to help clean up all the SH!# whenever there is a sewage spill or when a septic tank bursts."


Since the shirts are green, the sewage should blend right in with no problems.

BTW...Where is Red's Love Child? Where is Sonny Belfast? Where is Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic? Where is Let's Go C's? Where is The Green Asterisk? The only one of our former tormentors to show up is 131-92.


Butler sez: "One of these days hopefully we SUNS fans will have something to cheer about in June too."


Like a #1 pick in the NBA Draft? Or trading for LeBron?


By the way...since I ALSO never forget...


FINAL 2009-2010 NBA SEASON SEASON SCORE:

KOBE BRYANT: 5 RINGS
STEVE GNASH: ZERO!


Have a nice summer. We have a lovely set of parting gifts for you. They should arrive in your basement within 6 to 8 weeks.

Fish has value to the team but not as a starter taking up 25-30 minutes a game. If Fish is willing to take the minutes that Farmar played this year then I would say it would be a good re-sign, but the Lakers can't get caught up in sentiment.

@Halos Ant: "Great I'm gonna let my buddy know, he works in Public Sanitation and they are always in need of RAGS to help clean up all the SH!# whenever there is a sewage spill or when a septic tank bursts."

Since the shirts are green, the sewage should blend right in with no problems.
Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | June 18, 2010 at 03:11 PM
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Roflmao!!! Please, please My people this is not the way!!!! Hahaha!
WINNING IS THE BEST FORM OF PAYBACK!!! YESS!!!
mAMAB24

Congats LA fans, you beat the best teams to get the title (Suns, Celts).
One of these days hopefully we SUNS fans will have something to cheer about in June too. It's like groundhog day seeing your team in the Finals again and again, but deep pockets do make a difference in this league. See you next fall!
Posted by: BUTLER | June 18, 2010 at 03:09 PM
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BUTLER my man you are a class act. The suns are closer to going to the Western Conference Finals to meet the Lakers than you know. Stand tall Butler you aint got a damn thing to be ashamed of. You team played the Lakers just as strong as The celtics. In fact your team got the Lakers in shape to Play the Celtics. Those Lakers, Suns rivalries will reign again for many a year. No need to be down on your team.
Mamab24

1 floor seat ticket to game 7 of nba finals: $30,000, lakers are #1 foam finger: $12, 1 bud light extra large draft: $10, watching Bill Russell force a fake smile while he hands over the finals mvp trophy to kb24 for the 2nd year in a row after his beloved celtics had just had their hearts ripped out: PRICELESS!!!!!!!! :)

Larry, we've been waiting 2 years for this. WE means YOU TOO! DON'T FRONT!!! Let us have our summer of fun!

Larry, we've been waiting 2 years for this. WE means YOU TOO! DON'T FRONT!!! Let us have our summer of fun! Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | June 18, 2010 at 03:28 PM
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Very well utzworld. But so you understand now let me make this very clear...If I bust a gut laughing at you and HalosAnt, I'm sending that Bill to one of Yall. Lol! Just playing with ya Chaplain. In fact before I go to sleep tonight I plan on getting down on my Knees and thanking God with all my might that I'm a LakerHolic and not a celtics fan! lol! You and halos and the rest may continue now. but I will read each post in measured dose. Lol
Mamba24

GOOD LUCK FINDING ANOTHER PRESIDENT AND GM TO LEAD YOUR TEAM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PACIFIC DIVISION.

Mamba24 sez:

"BUTLER my man you are a class act. The suns are closer to going to the Western Conference Finals to meet the Lakers than you know. Stand tall Butler you aint got a damn thing to be ashamed of. You team played the Lakers just as strong as The celtics. In fact your team got the Lakers in shape to Play the Celtics. Those Lakers, Suns rivalries will reign again for many a year. No need to be down on your team."

Thanks Mamba, you give your team's fans a good name. It must have been a release of huge proportions last night to gain vengeance on the Celts.

I'm not feeling blue about the SUNS, after all they overachieved this season, but there's also the fact that they were within an Artest put back of possibly grabbing that Game 5. That's all I could ask, a good chance to beat the champs and the SUNS had their opportunities.

I expect LA will be in position to repeat next season. As for PHX, the owner seems hell bent on driving away all the good people who work for him, Amare included. I admire the way LA's owners spend to win.

Congrats, and looking forward to next season's battles!

Congrats, and looking forward to next season's battles! Posted by: BUTLER | June 18, 2010 at 03:33 PM
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Indeed! And you sir have a good summer!
Mamba24

GOOD LUCK FINDING ANOTHER PRESIDENT AND GM TO LEAD YOUR TEAM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PACIFIC DIVISION. Posted by: The Fat Lady | June 18, 2010 at 03:33 PM
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Paula Pierce take that dress off and put some pants on right now and act like a man! I know you won't get the Title winners check this year...but please brother renting yourself out to be THE FAT LADY in a freak show is not the way. Now stop this ISH! You hear me stop this ISH right now and take that freaking blonde wig off and act like a man. I heard that Green giant bald headed Lunatic KG had to be confined to a sanatarium after the game. now brother just hold on there are some really good medications out there. In fact when they release KG's @zz you miight even be able to borrow some of his.

KG should be used to getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Lakers. It happens about 80% of the time anyway.

Wow, what a magnificent, improbable, emotional win. The last time I went through an emotional roller coaster ride like that was game 7 against Portland. I have a huge hangover from over celebrating, but a hangover never felt so sweet.

Good read about Ron Ron:

http://www.sbnation.com/2010/6/18/1524227/say-queensbridge-ron-artest-nba-champion-it-all-makes-sense-now

Let's give credit where credit is due.

The Lakers are what they always have been: Champions!

All-Time greats, basic superstars, role players, coaches, gms, and even owners have come and gone.

There's a reason the Lakers always find their way back to being the League's Best: . . .

IT US - THE FANS!

We're the constant. Our support has been the difference maker.

So let's raise a glass to ourselves. The Fans!

This championship is ours as much as anybody that played in that game.

Three Cheers to the Lakers Fans!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Now I'm off to da club.

Fish will be back and that's the surest thing about this summer. There will be no drawn out negotiations, no Odom watch, no endless debating. He's got 2-3 years left to play here and then I'm sure he'll move into the organization in a different capacity.

Wow, what a magnificent, improbable, emotional win. The last time I went through an emotional roller coaster ride like that was game 7 against Portland. I have a huge hangover from over celebrating, but a hangover never felt so sweet. Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | June 18, 2010 at 03:52 PM
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That's no hangover Truth, you got Lakerholism. I got it too. Whoever heard of a Hangover feeling sweet. Why that Lakerholism can heal anything back ache, fatigue, heart problems, you name it. But it can only be given to Laker fans. Why you think those Trolls keep coming around here. They trying to steal our lakerholism Truth! LoL!
mAMBA24

Game 7 in Boston, the C's win, in LA, Lakers win. This Lakers team still have weakness, let's be honest. This is the good year of free agents, Lakers should find, and sign good free agents if we want to win again. Right now, i am happy to see Lakers to beat those cheaters (the C's).

One of my favorite images last night was Rondo and that huge bandage in his chin. The other of course was Bill Russell's face when he was handing the trophy to Kobe.

NICE!

Can you guys believe that Jon K missed all this? I'm sure he knows exactly what has transired, I mean miss it with us in the Blog. Seems weird. I'm sure he will fill us in on his trip and his experience during the game when he gets here.

Congratulations to the real NBA CHAMPS LA LAKERS! Enjoy the summer and we're all looking forward for another THREEPEAT!

Lets not go overboard here. Fish would likely come back but not at the price that he wants. The veterans minimum should be OK for him, otherwise they should make him an assistant coach and find someone who can actually play.

lakers should clean up the bench, fisher, bynum before the 2010-2011 season gets under way. i still think fish is minced meat and should be traded for a younger point, so as the rest of the bench. GO LAKERS!!! congrats on beating the keltics.

Who cares about the negative stuff coming toward Kobe, all he has to do is count his 5 Rings. I am with you Kobe!

Interesting that people want to compare Kobe to MJ. Kobe is Kobe and MJ is MJ, two GREAT players!

TOP FIVE FROM SILVER LAKE MIKE:

1. Silver Lake Mike at 9:11 AM June 17, 2010: We're going to do LA a favor and win. The city won't have to pay for any parades and no cop cars will get overturned and burned on Figueroa. Don't bother thanking us, we're just givers that way!

2. Silver Lake Mike at 9:39 AM June 16, 2010: Boston fan here. I'm not running. Good win Lakers. I'll make you a deal, if you guys win on Thursday, I promise not to whine about the reffing. However, when we win, will you do the same?


3. Silver Lake Mike at 3:27 PM June 14, 2010: Celticsin6 has a nice ring to it!

4.Silver Lake Mike at 9:53 AM June 14, 2010: That bum (Pierce) is going to look awfully good raising the trophy on LA's home floor.


5. Silver Lake Mike at 9:37 AM May 26, 2010 : If you don't like what is happening now, wait until Perkins and Garnett arrive, they are going pimp slap Gasol and Bynum, steal their money, drive home in their cars, and play house with their girlfriends. You'll really have something to cry about in the finals. Celtics in 6! You heard it here first, crybabies!

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Bwahahahahaha!

By the way, Kobe has several more good years to add to his career stuff! Like, he ain't done yet!

Mamba24, you said:
"I hate to say this but, what the hell. Every time I look at that replay of the last few seconds of the game and then the jubilation - sincere and real and not some phony B.S. media staged celebration - My Eyes - Yes My Laker Lass - My Eyes become a lil misty."

I knew you'd understand! Here, where true Laker love reigns supreme. Ah, sweet, sweet victory. I am a Lakerholic and damn proud of it.

Love,
Lass

(P.S. seem to be problems with the server today. having a hard time even getting into the blog, let alone posting)

The question has never been: "Should the Lakers bring back DFish?"

The question is: "AT WHAT PRICE will the Lakers bring back DFish?"

However, I don't expect this to be as big a problem as with Ariza or LO last year. His price will only go up if other teams bid for him, and honestly I don't see any other team bidding for him because his value is unique: He hits clutch shots in the playoffs as part of the Triangle Offense and he's the one player Kobe will listen to. Not exactly big selling points for other teams.

I'm guessing the Lakers will offer more than vet minimum but certainly less than his current contract, maybe for 2-3 years to sweeten the deal. No other team will be willing to match that.

Oh, and when he finally retires, he DEFINITELY needs to be groomed as a possible Lakers head coach.

Not to sound like Gordon "Greed is Good" Gekko here, but . . .
WE WANT ANOTHER! Dr. Buss, how about signing Kyle Korver to take the place of Morrison? With a genuine 3-point threat to spread the floor, we could be unstoppable!

Hey Family,

Where is that loser Mike Pantiente? What happened to his bold bet about if the Lakers lose that we would all have to sign a bandwagon about bringing his loser brother Salami Brown back? For all his smack talk, he's proven to be nothing more than Skip Payless' toilet. Gutless, worthless piece of crap!!!

Fish can stay but only if he's willing to 1) accept reasonable salary and 2) accept to come off the bench. If his teammates, including Kobe value him so much he can still provide leadership from the bench.

The win does not negate the fact that the Lakers NEED to retool their starting PG position, their weakest link and easiest to be exploited.

Even if it may mean two out of the four guards (Fish, Farmar, Brown, Vujacich) have to go so be it. I don't really care which (though I lean toward keeping Sasha) as long as it brings us a quality NBA starting PG.

PS: Let's not make the mistake of waiting too long until the parts truly fall apart to upgrade/retool the Laker machine.

BUT FOR the great Derek Fisher, this series may not have come back to Los Angeles! It was the game 3 victory by the Lakers in Boston that ultimately doomed the Celtics. And Derek Fisher won that game for the Lakers, no doubt about it!


Hail the Fisher King!!!

IMO, Fish is a starter and closer, but we need someone in the middle quarters that can at least create shots on their own and defend those off-the-bench guards.

At least someone who can do well against other team's second strings....

Mamba24, you said: "I hate to say this but, what the hell. Every time I look at that replay of the last few seconds of the game and then the jubilation - sincere and real and not some phony B.S. media staged celebration - My Eyes - Yes My Laker Lass - My Eyes become a lil misty." I knew you'd understand! Here, where true Laker love reigns supreme. Ah, sweet, sweet victory. I am a Lakerholic and damn proud of it. Love, Lass (P.S. seem to be problems with the server today. having a hard time even getting into the blog, let alone posting) Posted by: LakerLass | June 18, 2010 at 04:17 PM
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Hey Lass! Yeah I had that same problem with the server myself yesterday. It kept kicking out my post and kept kicking me out of chat. Lass you lil romantic you. But then again that's another of those side effects of Lakerholism. lol! True laker love reigns supreme, Yes. True Virtual love not so supreme. OK with alll the congratulating and thanking of everybody I did today, I don't know if I thanked you. If I didn't, I do appreciate, and thank you for all the wonderful things you do. Picking me up when I am down. Having my back. And just being the wonderful Laker Lass that you are. Lass you are a treasure and I hope The Lad realizes what a treasure he has. You know I should be packing, in fact should have been packed yesterday for my trip but this Lakerholism just won't let me go. Thanks again My Laker Lass. Love Ya!
Mamba24

Just a little while back Mitch asked Fisher if he could go another year.

Fisher replied in the affirmative, that he felt great.

True, we need to find and groom a replacement. Perhaps we have one in Farmar. But Fisher can still do whats needed to keep this team tightly wound together.

His minutes will need to be greatly reduced if he stays to save him for productive time in the playoffs. But I still like our chances with the point guard by committee, - Fish, Farmar, Brown, Sasha.

It worked pretty well this year with us being so strong at the other positions. I say we hold the cards we have. No team next year can beat this well tested, experienced playoff ready, tough mentally team, that already has won two Titles and counting....

So here's a question for y'all:

Do y'all think the free agents accept the first contract the Lakers offer?

Do y'all think the front office makes offers to all current players?

Thanks for the classy reply, Butler. You're a REAL fan of an opposing team, not one of those green trolls who seemed to have vanished from here recently.

I don't hate the Suns like I do the Celtics, and their brand of up-tempo basketball is way more fun to watch than the ugly grind-it-out style the Cs play (which the Lakers were forced to match).

Nash seems ageless but not sure whether Amar'e would be that big of a loss, depending on who they can get to replace him. But the biggest thing is to keep Alvin Gentry: He's a classy coach and I think it's because of him the Suns went as far as they did, and will probably do so next year.

ALLNET... Kyle Korver would be my primary free agent target, too. He is the deead-eye outside shooter that we need in the Triangle. He made $5M last year with Utah. He should be our top free agent priority.
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As much as I'd like to see this team make another run for it, I'm not sure how much we can sit still when the free agent frenzy starts.

The thing is, having a nice core means we have leverage to fill in. I have a feeling alot of good free agents are going to feel rather slighted by the fact that they aren't getting top dollar. While Lebron, Wade, Bosh, et al, has all the headlines, I think alot of those 2nd tier or even 3rd tier good players won't be able to get the money they'd usually get. Frankly, teams that don't feel as though they are going to win, aren't going to spend. Not in this economy. So we may be able to swing deals for players that are good, can't find the value they want, so they go for quality of life and quality of work. In other words, live in a good weather city with a chance to win championships. We can make that argument to players....

Mamba luv,

Have a wonderful vacation. And come back to us soon. It's never too early to start our Threepeat bandwagon (well, after Monday's parade).

Love,
Lass

Suns will not make the playoffs next year if Amare leaves and they get no replacement for him.

Kerr leaving is a bad sign for the Suns. He left because the owner has decided to go on a super saver, spend no money shopping spree in reverse.

Why GM for the guy if he doesn't want to win was Kerr's reasoning. Sarver was refusing to share proper pay for staff, which really upset Kerr.

My take on the Suns this year? They were the second best team in the NBA and would have beat the Celtics.

Our defense was great, but we couldn't slow down the Suns scoring machine. The Celtics would not have been able to outscore them like we did.

Fisher should be back in two capacities as a playing assistant coach replacing Rambis in the next season and as PG Emeritus during playoffs. We need a new PG workhorse who will carry us the homecourt advantage for the playoffs. I will remain quiet on the free agents till the draft day.

We have to thank Doc Rivers and the Celtics for doing the job in eliminating the Eastern teams who would have had the homecourt advantage. That's a big thank you.

We have to thank the NY doctor of Drew for not interfering with the playoffs by insisting of knifing Drew's leg during the WCF. We will have no scare crow out there to scare the leprechauns.

We have to thank the psychiatrist of RonRon for putting his head in the right direction, did not commit fragrant fouls nor attack the TD Garden fans or shredded Rondo into pieces.

We have to thank the Senorita of Pau Gasol for giving him enough energy to withstand the battle royale against the Celtic Big Mac Davis & Perkins while Pau did his best to be the tasty Costco Polish Sausage.

We have to thank Khloe for tightening the nuts and bolts of Lamar swith which is always off. I wonder what she did in turning it ON in the last two games, whatever it was effective.

We have to thank Phil Jackson for justifying his pay and proving to all that the Zen philosophy works on the courts while the Utz prayers backs it up in the blog.

In the next few days, we get back to normal. The bandwagon Laker fans will remain in the background, the trolls have nothing to posts, the tormentors are superceded by our achievements, therefore we go back to our fort and assess the free agency.

Mamba luv, Have a wonderful vacation. And come back to us soon. It's never too early to start our Threepeat bandwagon (well, after Monday's parade).
Love, Lass Posted by: LakerLass | June 18, 2010 at 04:52 PM
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Thanks Lass. You have a wonderful summer. Love Ya.
Mamba24

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Here's my take on Derek Fisher moving forward:

KEEP Fish swimming in the "LAKE" of CHAMPIONS....the "LA LAKERS" that is...

As fans, we should NEVER doubt the "heart" of a champion, especially Fisher. The man has SHOWED up over the years. Listen, if Harper, Shaw could do it into their late 30's manning the PG position, why not Fish?

Let's face it, "If it aint broke, don't FIX IT!"

The Lakers, to keep the machine moving in the grand scheme of things, might want to add another front court player with size and a younger, proven, aggressive PG off the bench (Hinrich anybody? Might be willing to take a pay cut to WIN)to compliment Fish...

On the business side, Farmar and Brown KNOW that they are on the Lakers clock in terms of improving their games more in the offseason at the PG position to help the organization make FUTURE decisions...That's the reality facing these guys. I'm sure they will improve...or else...

Hey, it's about getting BETTER in ALL areas! After all, the X will be on the Lakers back ONCE again, which is ALWAYS a good thing...ADVERSITY BUILDS CHAMPIONS!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! The result...Back to Back NBA Championships for the Lakers in 2009-2010.

Peace!

Regarding Fisher: How many years does he have left as President of the Players Assoc? One gets the feeling he really likes that role and he can't be a player/asst coach or any kind of asst coach as long as he heads the players union. I do agree that he is great coach material and would love it to be with the Lakers, but for that he will have to make a hard choice.

Lass

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I agree, Korver would be a great signing.


And if the Lakers decide not to resign Mbenga, I wouldn't mind giving Shaq a 2-year deal with minimal money to back up Andrew.


More than anything, HUGE kudos to Mitch for having the onions to remove a piece of the Championship puzzle last summer (Ariza) and replace it with someone like Artest -- a risky gamble any way you look at it. Most GMs would not have taken the gamble. It paid off huge for the Lakers, as Artest frustrated Paul Pierce for much of the series and added just enough offense.


Artest was the MVP of game 7, without a doubt!


The Lakers GM is proving himself to be a top-tier GM, had an exceptionally good teacher in Mr. Laker!


Celtics for Life/DFish,

The "reality" check if I may...The key words WOULDA, SHOULDA, COULDA were often used by the Celtics after the Game 7 loss...

Chances are, they extracted these very words from the universal dictionary of EXCUSES, which, in my opinion, was not surprising. It would have been a lot better and more "classy" if the Celtics team as a whole used a "mirror" instead to look at themselves as a focal point of all the BLAME.

I'm sure I don't have to summarize Games 6 and 7 to SEE how the entire CHAMPIONSHIP picture unfolded...

Listen, most Lakers fans, including myself, endured the 2008 NBA Finals Game 6 Lakers debacle in the hands of these Celtics. It was a BEATDOWN!

However, considering the NOW, I think it's about time to give the Lakers their DUE. It's the only way to MOVE on from YOUR disappointement as fans. The IRONY of it all....

Be graceful in defeat without making "pin the blame on others" EXCUSES. Doesn't matter now....it will be all forgotten...

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! The result? BACK to BACK NBA Championships for 2009-2010.

Fisher's 3 to tie the game at 64 was another epic shot. Once the Lakers finally caught the Celtics with that 3, I really had a sense of knowing they were going to win.

Thank you, Derek Fisher for another big shot. It was huge. And good work on basically stifling and frustrating the hated Roy Allen. That guy's one of the worst cheaters in basketball with all of his push offs, cheap shots, shoulder hits and holds. I hate him and am glad you helped neutralize him throughout the series.

A Laker championship is divine. Almost as sweet is knowing that Boston, its fans, coaches, players, city, organization and hangers-on are all in pain.

Ludwig,

I am one of Shaq's fan in the blog in 2006. A lot of people here are not agreeable at all with Shaq signing at this time. He could be a distraction to team chemistry that is working smoothly. I would prefer an inactive Mbenga who worked with less ego and with less dough. Shaq has to retire and wait till the Lakers management decide on his fate i.e. hanging his jersey on the rafters once he gets to the HOF. At this time, he is already an Ex Laker and will remain as such.

D-Laker should have a spot on the roster as long as he wants it. His impact on the team's fortunes the last decade and a half cannot be underestimated.

He and LO could anchor the bench unit and put us in a position for a definitive threepeat.

We need to find a full-time answer at PG and a reliable backup C.

For some reason, I think we should stay tuned this summer. There could be some interesting movement this offseason.

For now, though, I'm still in Sixteenth Heaven.

Derek Fisher will finish his career as a Laker that's for sure. He's Mr. Clutch (aside from Jerry West of course). It will be an interesting summer with all the good free agents. Will wait and see.

Well, Magic Johnson's opinion might be worth something. :-) This is from Mike Bresnahan's interview with Magic, which was just posted:

"That's not how the Lakers look at things. It's, 'Who do we have to beat for the championship?' and not 'Who do we have to beat for the regular season?'"

Magic was talking about Artest's value to the team, about how the Lakers brought him in to D up against the elite key players they would have to play in the playoffs. But it seems to me that the same thing basically applies to Fisher and his leadership ability.

If the Lakers could keep Adam (Mr. Inactive) Morrison around for 2 years, surely they've got room for Derek Fisher.

Edwin,


I think you're right on the chemistry issue. I would have hoped that Shaq has matured by now and would not be distraction, but you may be very right indeed. I just know that he would love to come back to the Lakers, and we do need a backup for Andrew, if Mbenga decides to go somewhere to get more playing time.


hahaha. i'm laughing at shaq right now. i'm sure he would love to get back to the lakers right now but his big ego failed him. his "kobe, how does my ____ taste" rap sounds like he was happy to see the kobe and therefore the lakers lose. HE was rooting for the lakers to Lose! are you kidding me? f-shaq. and he should never be on the rafters of the staple center. he can get his jersey retired in miami, orlando, phoenix or cleveland. but NOT with the Lakers. No jackass that celebrates and actively roots for the lakers to lose should not have his jersey retired with the #1 basketball organazation in the NBA. right now, this is KOBE land. I'd rather see Fishers jersey up there. one for the heart.

>>>t deep pockets do make a difference in this league.

BUTLER, that is a very true statement. Though I would turn it around and say, you've gotta be willing to spend money to keep a championship level team together.

If Sarver would have been willing to fork out more money, he could have kept Joe Johnson and added guys like Luol Deng (traded to Chicago), David Lee (traded to NY), and Rajon Rondo (traded to Boston).

A team with Nash, Stoudemire, Marion, Johnson, Deng, Lee, Rondo, Barbosa, etc. would have had a lot better chance of going all the way some time between 2006 and now.

>>> This Lakers team still have weakness, let's be honest.

Frankly, their biggest weakness was the injury to Bynum.

IN 2008, with no Bynum and an injured starting SF (Ariza), the Lakers took Boston to 6 games.

In 2010, with Bynum hobbled and a healthy starting SF (Artest), the Lakers beat Boston in 7.

If the C's make it back to face the Lakers in the finals next year or the year after, and if all the players (including Bynum) on both teams are fully healthy, it's Lakers in 5 games. 6 tops.


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