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Derek Fisher: Does he have a future as a motivational speaker? Saints think so

Fisher_250 There are reports out Tuesday that the New Orleans Saints, reigning Super Bowl champions (and doesn't that sound odd?), have asked Lakers point guard Derek Fisher to deliver a pregame speech for their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9.

The Saints evidently believe that Fisher can give them insight into claiming back-to-back titles. With five rings to wear on his fingers, including a three-peat from earlier this decade and the last two NBA championships, it's hard to argue with his success as a floor leader and champion. It didn't hurt that he's played with some superstars -- Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, for those really wondering -- and had what many consider the sport's best coach if not finest motivator in Phil Jackson.

I don't believe there's any confirmation from either party. But if you caught Fish as the guest host on ESPN's "Jim Rome Is Burning," you know he's got the composure and delivery to hold an audience. He looked almost too professional as he interviewed Kobe in his sporting attire.

What do you think, Laker-holics? Does Fish have the chops to deliver a motivational speech to a bunch of guys who run around each week like gladiators in armor? Seems to me that'd be a tough crowd.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Derek Fisher arrives for the ESPYs. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press

 
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Dan - first of all - thanks and kudos for giving us a story we can sink our teeth into (as opposed to sinking them into each other).


And B) HELL YEAH Fish has the chops. I firmly believe his motivational speeches and leadership were a HUGE part of the last 2 Championships. In fact, I really have to wonder if we would have won if not for Fish. As we all know (or at least SHOULD all know) stats don't tell the entire story. Sometimes it's the unquantifiable that means the difference between win or go home. Fish is just the guy for this gig. I'd venture to say everyone could learn a few things from him - not just pro athletes. Maybe he'll end up doing this kind of thing when he hangs his sneakers up.... I'd pay to listen for awhile!

I think he'd do well. He DOES have the credentials for it; heck, all he has to do is wear all 5 glittering championship rings in one hand, and he'd have the Saints' attention easy. Now judging from how he has spoken in the past on behalf of the Players' Union, his in-game speeches to his teammates, and his recent outing in Jim Rome's program, it would be easy to assume that he'd comport himself very well. If it's true, it's something we should all be proud of (i.e. having a Laker to give an inspirational speech to another set of champions in another sport).

Fish is a natural for this job. Plus, he actually knows the x's and o's of how you use your own skills to supplement the whole.

They should very well listen up!

--FEARless

Starving for Laker Stuff so small fix to help out with the jones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43w-1g4ngXQ
Posted by: JustaLakerFan | August 31, 2010 at 08:02 PM

We are...yes I said we are! Lakers definitely running things. Good stuff JLF.

A great motivational speaker should have:

a great attitude (check)
credibility (check)
accomplishments (check)
passion (check)
good communicator (check)

Plus, DFish is an overachiever. Corporations would be clamoring all over him to fire up the troops.

LRob - gotta go with your list. Being an overachiever I think is incredibly beneficial, too (as you pointed out). You look at Kobe and you say: "Naw, I couldn't do that." You look at Fish and you think: "Maybe, must maybe...."

Oops... should read: "just maybe...."

Derek Fisher is poised, articulate, quick thinking, and chooses his words with care. He has strong religious feelings, but does not wear these on his sleeve all the time. His speeches to the Laker's team are reported to really get the guys ready to compete. His play is solid and dependable. He has all the credentials to be a good motivational speaker.

Derek has been super-dependable in Crunch Time, or as Magic said "Winnin Time." In pro football, unlike the NBA, a playoff match is just One Game ... talk about pressure. The regular season means little, it is making the 3 point shot with the game on the line, catching the pass in the last second, showing your true mettle in Winnin Time. Derek has done that with seconds to play. The Saints will listen.

The days pass so slow as Lakernation anticipates the start of the upcoming season. Thank God for lady's tennis !!

Retire his jersey!

I once saw Reverand Fisher 'witnessing' on a Los Angeles televisions broadcast; some mega-church service in O.C. I believe.

I was in tears. This may be his true calling.

Sonnybelfast

Jon K: Nice tip on the story idea. Glad you provided it so that we could get a REAL, LAKER-related story on the blog! Hope we get a few more of your suggestions made into blog entries...

Confucius also say, "Baseball such strange game, how can man walk with four balls?"

Is it basketball season yet?

I agree with magic Phil, fisher should have his jersey retired for what he has done for this franchise.

Totally...I remember reading something about how its his speeches in the locker room that really hit home.The guy is clearly good at it.

Totally...I remember reading something about how its his speeches in the locker room that really hit home.The guy is clearly good at it.

Retire his jersey!
Posted by: Magic Phil | August 31, 2010 at 09:17 PM
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I agree with magic Phil, fisher should have his jersey retired for what he has done for this franchise.
Posted by: LakerFanInCowTown | August 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM
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Where is Mamaba when you need him to roll out the bandwagon.

I love DFish. Great motivational speaker...yes. Jersey in rafters? Sorry DFish.

KB Blitz,
I said a few days ago I would get more in depth into the Kareem vs. Wilt debate at a later date...and well thanks to the wonderful footage provided by KobeMVP888 and mud on Wilt ...the time is now.

From your earlier post you said...

As for my top 3 order it's not really an order it's more like 1a-1c. Those dudes are: Wilt/Russell/MJ. Wilt is the greatest force, Russell the greatest winner, and Jordan was a combination with the two. You can argue either way with me on which of those 3 was the best and I wouldn't have a problem with it. I just go with Wilt since well.....who else could break not only 50ppg but also 48.5mpg? Or even top a 73% FG%?
Posted by: KBBlitz | August 29, 2010 at 12:01 AM

First let me get this out of the way. I concede that Wilt at his best was better than Kareem at his best. How can you argue with the man that avg 50pts one year and lead the league in asst another year. He was like you said, the greatest force. He was also an unstoppable force, a great defender and a relentless rebounder.

Kareem was also an unstoppable force, a very good defender and a great leader. Of course, Kareem's biggest attribute was his longevity. Playing 20 years vs. Wilt's 14.


Let me also get the obligatory stats out of the way....
Kareem - 19 all star games, 6 MVP's, Finals MVP at 38, #1 all time scorer and #4 all time rebounder

Wilt - 13 all star games, 4 MVP's, Finals MVP at 35, #4 all time scorer and #1 all time rebounder

The next post will take a look at Kareem/Wilt first head to head mtg....in fall of 1970.


Love, love, LOVE D-Fish! Quality person, quality player, quality human being. I hope that one day he'll be sitting on the Laker bench as a coach, I think he'll be great at it.

I can live with retiring his jersey, but if they do then they also gotta retire Michael Cooper's jersey. In fact, Coop should already be retired. 12 year NBA career, spent entirely with the Lakers. 5 titles won. Possibly (probably!) the finest defensive player in the history of the game. A nice 3-pt shooter as well, and who can forget the 'coop-a-loop'? I would go so far as to say he was the finest 6th man in NBA history!

Heck, if you throw in Coop's 2 titles he won coaching the Sparks, he's won 7 rings as a player/coach in the Forum/Staples Center!

RETIRE COOP'S NUMBER ALREADY!!!!!!

Man, where is Mamba24 and his bandwagon's? Coop's 21 gotta hang from the Staples Center rafters alongside his teammates Magic, Kareem and Worthy!

Fisher though, he's gotta be given some consideration too. He has meant so much more than a mere player, he's the heart of the team in many respects, and the consummate gentleman. Honestly, I wouldn't have any problem whatsoever to see Fish's #2 hanging up one day, except that they better retire Coop's #21 too then...

The Wilt/Kareem thing...Did Kareem said that Wilt was his "idol" or something like that? Wilt was a beast, that's the perfect word to describe him. Kareem, way more technical and bball IQ...way more. Not surprised Kareem is the top NBA's scorer.
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Kareem wins!

It was fall of 1970 when Kareem & Wilt first met, (Wilt was injured during regular season Kareem's rookie year so they didn't face off)....and a lot was happening in 1970:

***4 students were killed by National Guards during an anti-war protest at Kent State University
***Brooksy magnetic glove play propelled the Orioles to WS champs and made amends for their 1969 humbling
***Monday night football made its debut
***Marcus Welby MD, Flip Wilson, Ironside and Gunsmoke were the top TV shows
***Top 3 songs of the year were
Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon/Garfunkel
I'll Be There-Jackson 5
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head-BJ Thomas

Anyway here's what happening in their long anticipated first meeting:


Game 1

Wilt Wins Duel With Alcindor
By United Press International
'Wilt Chamberlain won the battle but Lew Alcindor and the Milwaukee Bucks won the war.
Pro basketball's premier big men faced each other for only the second time Friday night and Chamberlain showed his experience in winning the battle of the seven-footers. But the Bucks were just too strong overall and handed the Los Angeles Lakers a 117-100 defeat. (first meeting was in pre-season).

Alcindor scored 29 points, one more than Chamberlain, but was outrebounded, 23,-13, and was in foul trouble most of the game. Alcindor was able to make good on only four of his first 12 shots and Chamberlain blocked three of his shots.
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I think a couple of those blocks were shown on Wilt's highlight video posted earlier.

Game 2 December 21, 170

Lew Alcindor Gives Chamberlain Basketball Lesson In Bucks' Win
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wilt Chamberlain gave Lew Alcindor three feet, and the Milwaukee Bucks center took advantage of it for 37 points Monday night. "In the 'last game, Wilt would move back off of me," Alcindor said after -the Bucks crushed Chamberlain and the Los Angeles Lakers 113-88 in a- nationally-televised National Basketball Association game. It was
Monday's only NBA contest. "Then, when I made my move, he would time his leap perfectly and block my shot,"Lew said. "This time, I turned around to face him and made him play defense more honestly."

The former UCLA three-time All-American outplayed the veteran
Chamberlain in every aspect of the game except assists. Chamberlain finished with 25 points and had 14 rebounds to Alcindor's 16. T h e Milwaukee sophomore also blocked four shots while Chamberlain knocked down two would-be -Milwaukee baskets.
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Hence the adjustment by Kareem I referenced in the reply to KobeMVP888

Game 3 February 5, 1971

17,505 SEE TITLE HOPES SOAR
Lakers Romp as Wilt Cools Lew

By DOUG IVES
Staff Writer
One game doesn't make a season, but the Lakers proved Friday night that
when they operate at peak efficiency they are in the same, class with mighty
Milwaukee. Embarrassed by the Bucks in two previous meetings, the Lakers
gained a large measure of revenge and rekindled their NBA title hopes with
a lopsided 116-93 victory that was witnessed by 17,505 fans at the Forum.

The win, their eighth in a row at home — can be credited to a revised defense
against Lew Alcindor, an aggressive and spirited effort by Wilt Chamberlain,
and an offense that didn't succumb to Milwaukee's pressure tactics.

All five Laker starters scored in double figures, but Chamberlain probably
deserved the most applause because he restricted Alcindor's mobility,
snatched 14 rebounds and blocked six shots. Alcindor outscored Wilt,
27-14, but he had only 10 rebounds and no blocks.

Lew was the first to say that Chamberlain outplayed him, and that is
quite a concession for a man' who rarely even talks to writers.
Chamberlain's first duty was to force Alcindor farther outside, and then his
teammates were to help keep the NBA's top scorer (31.9) from wheeling into
the basket. The manner in which the Lakers helped out was devised in practice
by coach Joe Mullaney.

"It must be satisfying to Joe," said Chamberlain, "to see his plans work out
so well." Chamberlain called the win an inspirational one because "we beat a team we've never been able to handle."

West and Gail Goodrich finished with 23 points, one less than leader Happy
Hairston. Keith Erickson netted 13, two more than sub Willie McCarter.

With Alcindor struggling to get his shots, Milwaukee, turned to Oscar Robertson on several occasions, but the perennial all-pro guard found the Laker, defense impossible to penetrate. He wound up with 16 points, missing 9 of 15 shots.
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Wow...a Joe Mullaney reference. Even 63 footer had forgot about him.


Game 4 February 11, 1971

Lew Alcindor Wins Battle of Giants
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lew Alcindor won the "battle of the giants," but it was the "little" superstars that decided the game. Milwaukee's 7-foot-2 sophomore center scored 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Bucks demolished the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-88. Wilt Chamberlain tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lakers' 7-foot-l Wilt Chamberlain, the greatest scoring machine the NBA has ever seen, tallied just 25 points and picked off 11 caroms. Still, it was the other two superstars on the court that made the big difference. Milwaukee's Oscar Robertson pumped in 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and was credited with nine assists.

The Lakers' Jerry West was held to just six points, hitting
only one of seven shots from the field, and watched the game dejectedly
from the bench as time ran out. Tight-lipped and talking even
softer than usual, West intimated afterwards that the Laker
defeat could be pinned on Chamberlain getting the ball too much.
"You've got to move the ball to win," West said. "We had
been moving the ball well and not going in to Wilt. I think we
went to him too much tonight." Chamberlain, not surprisingly,
disagreed. "We just weren't hitting out shots," the former Kansas star said.

It was in the first half that Alcindor, a sophomore in the NBA, handed Chamberlain, in his 12th year in the league, his worst beating of their rivalry.
In the first two periods, Alcindor popped in 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Chamberlain 'was limited to 12 and seven. "You're not going to contain guys like Lew or Oscar all of the time," Chamberlain said. "You've got to score on your end of the floor in order to stick with the Bucks."
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Hmmmm....kinda sounds like a Kobe-Shaq beef huh?

Game 5 March 3, 1971
Lew held to 15
Bucks pop L.A. for 17
(By The Associated Press)
And the beat goes on. And this time it was Los Angeles'
time to get beaten. And now only a pair of also-rans can
keep the Bucks out of the books. Lew Alcindor, who has been
leading Milwaukee through streak after streak this season
as the National Basketball Association's scoring leader, got
only 15 points-half his average against Los Angeles Wednesday night.

But the Lakers had to play without their, scoring leader,
Jerry West—and probably won't get him back until next season
—and that enabled the Bucks to mark up their 17th consecutive
triumph, 112-97.

It put them one shy of the league record set a year ago by
the champion New York Knicks —and the Bucks should have no
trouble surpassing it.

Veteran Wilt Chamberlain easily outplayed Alcindor, holding
his young foe to his lowest output of the season. Chamberlain
also hit 24 points. Los Angeles' teammate Gail Goodrich
had 25. Oscar Robertson of Milwaukee also had 24.

Okay that's my last installment for the day. Those game day journals weren't meant to settle anything - but merely to capture the moment of how big a deal it was when Wilt would meet Lew (at that time).

Anyway I'll bring more info on Wilt vs. Kareem tomorrow....as we way for October to hurry up and get here.

LRob....AWESOME!!!! SUPERB...

LRob: THANK YOU for posting those great articles! I really would love to see some of those old games! ESPN Classic very rarely shows NBA games from the '70s, let alone the '60s. NBA TV, the network I would think would be the logical choice to show these games once in a while, also very rarely show them. Most recently NBA TV has shown a couple of old 1-hr long 'Hardwood Classics' from the late '70s, Celtics and SuperSonic games, but nothing this old.

The Jerry West quote from the February 11, 1971 game is fascinating: "You've got to move the ball to win," West said. "We had been moving the ball well and not going in to Wilt. I think we went to him too much tonight." It shows a definite rift between the players, something that wasn't too deeply discussed during the 'Golden Days, Purple Nights' segments.

It is also interesting to see the press mention about Kareem "Lew was the first to say that Chamberlain outplayed him, and that is quite a concession for a man' who rarely even talks to writers." About Jerry West "Tight-lipped and talking even softer than usual". They are still the same after all these years.

Another fun thing, the March 3, 1971 game mentions that the Bucks win gave them 17 consecutive, "one shy of the league record set a year ago by
the champion New York Knicks —and the Bucks should have no
trouble surpassing it." The Bucks did win the next game, and two more giving them 20 wins. We all know that record only lasted a few months because the following season the Lakers blew that streak to shreds with their amazing 33 game win streak.

Isn't it ironic that it would be Kareem and the Bucks that would be the team to beat Wilt in '72, ending their magical streak?

Thanks again for posting these great articles LRob (not to mention breaking up some of the recent tension around these parts...)

Dan,

Thanks for writing an article Laker fans might have an interest in.

Wes

Dan, I'm a little late to the praise bus, but I also wanted to add that I think you've done an admirable job filling in for Mark, whom we've come to fully embrace. We're a tough crowd and you've survived us. Thank you for your efforts.

Thanks for the kudos. I've got to be really honest, I'm not filling in for Mark Medina. I'm just kind of flying past every so often between my other duties to see how you're doing with what little we're offering you. Mark does a heckuva job. Unfortunately, August is the slowest month in our office, so every staff member, and I mean every one of us, takes some vacation time. So we're really short-handed.

That said, we're still attempting to find some talking points for you. I'm about to write something up that Jon K. mentioned earlier and I talked to beat writer Mike Bresnahan about a few days ago. The post will probably pop up in a few hours when some copy editors come on shift in the early a.m. and give it a read and approval.

Until then Lakers fans, I bid you good reading and chatting.

Dan Loumena
Assistant Sports Editor

thank you Dan Loumena.

1st of September: just in time, like a Swiss Watch (well...) here I am back in the arms of my favourite Lakers Fam!!! (it's actually the only one I hang out with... not very promiscous there...) ;).

It's a pleasure to be back with you, and before throwing my two cents about this specific topic, let me take a couple of minutes to THANK YOU all for the cuteness you've shared under the thread of my featuring post.

Awww.

That was really really flattering to read.

Take this as a collective "thank you", but I owe a couple at least clarifications out of things that were pointed out there from some of you.

First of all: I didn't have the right to claim the copyright to "Princess Jimmy" definition of Queen/Princess/Countess of Hyped Losers (his stack is decreasing, let's face it... now the usual *experts* are trying to pump Kevin Durant against Kobe... and at least Kevin has more game than LBJ, still NONE there yet to claim anything on Kobe....).
That geniuses thing belongs to justanothermambafan (Justa!!!! Sweetie!!! *kiss*), and her best nicknaming talent will be under everyone's eyes once I will recall how she uses to define THE Traitor "Snaquille O'Meal". I mean... none I could ever say can touch Justa's greatness ;) NEVER.

Another answer I owe is to TNTLakerFan (I think?) who was asking about my meeting with Pau.
It was at European Junior Championship... and no, I didn't dare to show him my dreadful Spanish of 13 year-old giddy girl (even now I can understand Spanish quite well, but I don't really feel fluent at speaking it...): a friend who did carry me there along talked with him and I remember perfectly his lord-ish demenour (thing that I LOVE in people, especially when young) standing there with a couple of other players and looking genuinely interested in the fact we were Italians trying to compliment them for their game.
Even if he didn't care he showed better skills at acting there, if any... than in CSI Miami, let's put it there ;).

Let me then say to JonK that I hope his infatuation for me after my post is already gone. I mean... seriously man... I'm not somebody anybody should wish to love. ;) It takes a sort of self-harming bravery to try and love me ;) (LOL). Out of jokes... you know anything you say hits a soft spot with me. You know you're one of my fav writers here. It's no mystery for anybody. ;) (That is meant to sound as "Thank you"... It's convoluted, I know... ;)).

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And now, on the topic.

Of course The Saints just proven themselves SMART.
They TOTALLY are right in willing Derek to do that speech for them.

I mean... this man has KOBE who listens and cares about what he says.

Kobe. Kobe Bean. Kobe Bean Bryant: the overhuman.

When a natural leader (and a kaiser in his own way too) cares about what you are about to say, and trust what you may say to him, and looks for you to be even self-assured on a further level... what does that tells to others?

It speaks like a loud bell: "This Man Knows What It Takes To Be A Continous Champion. Because Champions Look Out At Him To Be Guided/Helped/Restored/Comforted/Pushed/(InsertValuableVerb).

The relationship Derek has with Kobe (and of course with every other Lakers, but others are easier to handle and hang with than Kobe, you will all agree there I guess...) proves beyond ANY contrary theory that nobody could express what charisma of a leader should be, no matter in which sporty lockeroom.

I actually thinks all that values independently from sporting matter.

Derek could teach what a man has to be.
Tout Court.

;)

Have all a great day Fam. Catch you later on.

Miss Z. is back in her favourite place onto web.
And boy... how sweet that taste?
;)

The Goddess Zaira returns and with her all that is Right & Good & Beautiful in Laker Nation.
The Laker Nation as one says “Welcome back ZairaAmaterasu Blog Goddess Supreme!”

Thanks again for posting these great articles LRob (not to mention breaking up some of the recent tension around these parts...)

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | September 01, 2010 at 01:19 AM

CyberCosmiX - glad you enjoyed. Stay tuned more to follow.
As fans today we've got it made. Back in the day we got to see one game a week and no sports center highlights. So we had to pour thru the box scores the next day for our updates. And if you lived in EST zone like me you had to wait two days to get the west coast box scores.

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We always come together for a common good, to protect Family & Neighborhood.
The Family now, is under attack, that means Jon K., Justa alll of Laker Nation in fact.
If we let them pick us off one by one, soon this blog will be all but done
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WHO ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) is well on it’s way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had (Four)
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, you know that’s Kobe Bryant
Who scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored much more
But Rings not number of points is what Black Mamba plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A (11) time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss

WHO ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) is well on it’s way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had (Four)
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, you know that’s Kobe Bryant
Who scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored much more
But Rings not number of points is what Black Mamba plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A (11) time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are yOU
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AND SO IT BEGINS....

Fish is a good speaker, but not sure the Saints need motivational speakers. With Brees leading the team on the field and Payton from the sidelines, the Saints do not lack motivation.

What the Saints do lack and what Fish brings to the table is his knowledge, his focus, his record of success. He can tell them as a team what to expect when trying to repeat. How to fend off complacency, how to get through the tedium of a long season, how to survive and get to the second season.

Payton has brilliantly done everything he can to prepare his team to repeat and having Fish talk to his team is another bright move.

I just wanna point out that that second post of "mine" isn't mine at all.
>> that one it is NOT me:

Trools are totally Cool, like my African douche...Morning Blistering Sun..Lots of Vinegar for a healthy and hearty salad afterwards..

Posted by: Zaira Amaterasu | September 01, 2010 at 06:40 AM

I guess until some regular filtering isn't applied, and as it seems the usual poor brained people are in charge, I might keep lurking.

When Mark is back, I know the filter will be done.

And after all, I can write him DM on Twitter to erase the idiots fakers around.

Mental age of those "entertaining" themselves so: NOT detected.
They should have more sexual active lives, so to cut off their overloads of frustrations.

Losers... I pity you so much.

In fact, you can see WHICH one are for real my posts cos from now on I'm gonna link them from my twitter. Easy check.

THIS one is gonna be there NOW. ;)

LRob

Joe Mullaney! My brain reels! (I've always felt the Laker coaches (till Sharman) were below-par and had a lot to do with them not winning at least two Finals.

Great stuff LRob - really enjoyed it. By that time in Wilt's career, he was more an all-around player and less the "force" of his earlier years. He'd pull 40 points and 20+ rebounds in the Finals on occasion, but not all the time. You could see how the young Lew was amazing right out of college (or in his sophomore year here). Used to hate the Bucks as a kid during those years (loved when we passed their winning streak record, hated they cut ours "short").

The amount of rebounds the big men of the past would tear down, makes the guys today seem like kindergartners. I think that's why I always respected Rodman & Barkley for going after the glass.

Again: great stuff.

Mamba24 "Reunited and it Feels So Good" Geesh, I didn't think you guys were ever commin' back. We REALLY need a UNITED LAKER NATION BANDWAGON and Lewstrs, we need a UNITED LAKERHOLIC Buss. I'm with you guys, if we ignore the trolls, eventually it won't be FUN for them. I think Fish would be great, but only as OUR motivational speaker.!!

In fact, you can see WHICH one are for real my posts cos from now on I'm gonna link them from my twitter. Easy check. THIS one is gonna be there NOW. ;) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | September 01, 2010 at 07:33 AM
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Zaira we know our real Goddess from some cheap imitation. Lol!Welcome back.
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Mamba24 "Reunited and it Feels So Good" Geesh, I didn't think you guys were ever commin' back. We REALLY need a UNITED LAKER NATION BANDWAGON and Lewstrs, we need a UNITED LAKERHOLIC Buss. I'm with you guys, if we ignore the trolls, eventually it won't be FUN for them. I think Fish would be great, but only as OUR motivational speaker.!! Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | September 01, 2010 at 07:38 AM
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Good morning NewMexicoLakerLifer. How are you and your husband on this wonderful Laker Morning. Love the song Reunited! Yeah I think most of The Family will be back today a lot just took a lil vacation time. As for your idea I will get right on it! Thanks Great idea, infact ...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!

Zaira,

Welcome back. I have sorely missed your prose, your class, your passion, and your heart here. If you look back at the last couple of weeks, you will see why...

Your words are a cool breeze on a hot summer's day!

Mamba! You've been away too long yourself. Dude, its been rough around here! Jon's been under attack, decency been under siege. We've gotta straighten things out and get back to normal.

When does pre-season start???

--FEARless

OOOOPPPPSSS! Almost forgot, LROB! Thanks, dude, for the recaps. Reading those as a Lakers/Kareem/Wilt fan must be like an American historian reading the original Magna Carta! Sublime!

Hey Fearless! I guess some of us are just more Fearless than others! Lol! Slowly but surely a change is gonna come. I know it, you know it and we aint going nowhere!!!!!

LROB...Articles...Simply...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR! I wanna be like LROB when I grow up durn it!!!

Good Morning 63 Footer. t's always nice to have a giant around. How are you on this wonderful Laker Morning sir?

American historians reading the Magna Carta, Zaira being handle-trolled, someone saying "morning sir" to me! It's getting waaaaaay too weird here. But I do like all the Wilt/Kareem stuff. When we really get cloning/DNA manipulation down, I'm going cheer for the Lakers' Karchamberaq, greatest center evah!

Hey everybody, Zaira. Nice to see you back.

Heh. Poor trolls trying to use other peoples names, might work some places, but we here actually know each other. Anybody going to be watching the US-Iran game today? Basketball as the new diplomacy. Thankfully, there aren't any Celtics on the US team to make us look bad.

THE LOVE IS ALL ABOUT WORLD PEACE

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Fish as a speaker and leader.
I've always seen Fish as 'everyman." Not the most gifted in any particular way, yet very gifted in total.
He doesn't sky, out rebound, shoot a high percentage, lead in assists, or any of the major leading statistical indicators.
But seeing him fight thru screens, make key shots, physically fight throughout a game, and make wonderfully timed (.04) shots, I see him as everyman. With a gift.
It's easy to admire the skills of all time greats per discussions here. But I can always fantasize about being Fish.
He conducted himself well in the Rome interview, as he has on nearly every like ever posted here after games. He keeps his faith based beliefs pretty much to himself, and that I respect as well.
I personally could never wear a Kareem or Kobe jersey, (a bit presumptuous) but I could wear a Fish jersey, and have the number 04 printed on it.
I hope he enters coaching, and stays near by.
Oregon Wade

When Fish's basketball career is over, he's going to done one or more of three things...


1. Go into politics.
2. Become a professional basketball coach.
3. Become a business leader


He'll be successful in any of them. Derek Fisher is a natural leader.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

LEWSTRS,


Huh?


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

It might be, it could be it is!!! JON K!!! How you be brother? I know you don't need it but, we had to come back and stand with our brother. How are you this wonderful Lakers Morning sir?

Yes mamab24 is me mamba24. Too quick with the cursor. Sorrrry!

Yes. He got the brains and most of all, he gained the respect not just of the Lakers organization but other folks in the NBA.

This is why he's D-Laker.

Yes he can! They showed his pregame talk during the playoffs and I did situps for the first half. The answer is in the pudding, look out for the sixth ring. The suggestion of him standing in the pulpit is good, he already is a Fisher of men. I wouldn't be on my back doing situps after his pulpit appearance, more likely on my knees praying. The Lords number is seven....look for a four-peat and the seventh ring. Fisher is a blessing for us all.

Yes he can! They showed his pregame talk during the playoffs and I did situps for the first half. The answer is in the pudding, look out for the sixth ring. The suggestion of him standing in the pulpit is good, he already is a Fisher of men. I wouldn't be on my back doing situps after his pulpit appearance, more likely on my knees praying. The Lords number is seven....look for a four-peat and the seventh ring. Fisher is a blessing for us all.

It's not true that Wilt doesn't play Lew during Alcindor's rookey year - in fact they played for the first time in the autumn of 1969 and Wilt posted 25 points and 25 rebounds, while Lew had 23 points and 20 rebounds ( but Wilt shot a lot better 9 for 14, while Lew had 9 for 21)

For further details and gane by game stats you can go at thread at Inside Hoops:
http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=170340

Actually it is mine thread and I collected the data using archive newspapers google searching.


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