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Derek Fisher expects to play no more than 30 minutes per game this season

Even if Lakers guard Derek Fisher says he and Coach Phil Jackson never formally talked about his role, he has plenty of reasons to believe he won't play more than 30 minutes per game in the regular season.

The Lakers signed Steve Blake this off-season to a four-year, $16-million contract to assume backup duties. There's plenty of other backcourt options in Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic. And there's the fact that Fisher hasn't played more than 30 minutes since the 2005-2006 season with the Golden State Warriors.

"However many minutes there are, I plan to maximize them," said Fisher, who averaged 28.13 minutes  with the Lakers in the last three seasons. "Be aggressive, take advantage of opportunities and do things the way I'm capable of doing them."

The way Jackson monitors Fisher's minutes will determine many factors. It will affect how much of an opportunity Blake, Brown and Vujacic have to complement the backcourt. It will affect how defenses play the Lakers, aware that Fisher's late-game clutchness, Blake's play-making, Brown's athleticism and Vujacic's feistiness will make it hard for teams to figure which poison they'll pick. And it will affect how fresh Fisher remains for the playoffs, where his experience, leadership and clutch shooting have come in handy during the Lakers' last two championship runs.

Although this will in no way largely determine how Fisher's minutes turn out, the way the Lakers play in London on Oct. 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and in Spain on Oct. 7 against Regal FC Barcelona can help lay the foundation moving forward. (For those who can't view the moving pictures below, here is a transcript of Fisher's interview).

Fisher, 36, comes through in the playoffs partly because of how Jackson is careful to make sure  that his body isn't worn out, especially considering that he's played in all 82 regular-season games the last five seasons. Remaining a starter is important to Fisher, but he also made it clear after Thursday's practice that he's not consciously set on playing 82 games. He simply wants to remain injury free.

"I don't plan on missing any nights," said Fisher, whom Jackson sat out of Thursday's practice. "If I play 30 minutes or 15 minutes, if I'm out there I'm doing something that can help us win. That's the most important thing to me."

The reserves behind Fisher will be key. Fisher earned plenty of criticism -- some justified, some not -- last season for defensive breakdowns and questionable shot selection during the regular season. But Brown and Jordan Farmar didn't always provide a better alternative.

It may prove difficult to solidly lay that foundation in Europe, considering Andrew Bynum will be out and Kobe Bryantwill be limited. On the other hand, the scenario would create more opportunities for the bench reserves to play alongside Fisher or directly behind him. Either way, in what Fisher may lack in uber athleticism, he makes up for in basketball IQ. So his presence on the floor can help spur them along in mastering the concepts.

And it very well may prove that the passing-off-the-baton process proves rather seamless. After all, Fisher's noticed a more serious vibe thus far in training camp with what he calls a "workmanlike attitude." He described his body as feeling "great." And he argued that the Lakers "have a great opportunity to be an even better basketball team than we were a year ago."

"I see that helping all of us, but in particular myself," said Fisher, who signed a three-year contract this offseason believed to be worth about $10.5 million, including a player option in the third year. "I see a lot of things out there that I can take advantage of with the personnel that we have."

--Mark Medina

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I wonder if, at some point, Blake learns the Tri and does really well, that he will start eventually and have Fish to run and bring stability (with LO) to the second unit and perhaps finish games. Seems like a perfect role.

REPOST:

im not sure if anybody posted this, but i kinda like what Sir Charles aka TNT's resident Laker Hater has to say. this is from a talk show in Philly. give it a look:

On LeBron talking about race being an issue in the criticism he’s received:

“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

On LeBron continuing to make bad decisions:

“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

On the catering to LeBron:

“No question. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented ass kissing.”

Listen to Charles Barkley on WIP in Philly here

Tags: Charles Barkley, Donovan McNabb, LeBron James, NBA, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Posted by: Cap's Goggles | October 01, 2010 at 01:11 PM

And, I will go on record as thinking a trade of Andrew for Melo might be a good thing for us. IF (always seems to have to say "IF"), Andrew plays well and doesn't get hurt (and miss many games) and is who we all want him to be, I will stand up and admit I was wrong. I really mean this point sincerely, good health to you Andrew, I will be rooting for you, despite my trade thoughts!

Cap's Goggles, thanks for posting.

Love, Love, LOVE this point of view from Barkley.

Yeah, the Barkley thing is interesting, and I agree with him on this but remember this is the same Barkley that said Kobe was slowing and wouldn't be scoring 30 pts a game anymore. Oh, until he that knee drained and reeled off several 30 pt games one after another.

I actually like Sir Charles. He took a picture with my son a while back and was really nice and talked to him for a while. So SCB, you'll always be a friend for that!

Unprecedented Ass Kissing. I think I've just found my new favorite term!

Hey Fish, ain't gonna happen...

Justa,

Congrats on RCOTD...Keep having LO's back!

@Lewstrs-
put me on that train baby! Yeah!

Go Lakers!!!!

Darth Stern strikes again. Now, the Stan Van Gundy rule bans mock turtle necks.

http://bit.ly/ay3O5j

A lock-out looms and the NBA's Napoleon obsesses on dress code? What next?

Well, Sir Charles is earning back a little of my respect. Now if only he can stop saying stupid things himself.

I think the thing that will always irked me about this guy is that he sees no fault in his actions. Hell, he's so egotistical that Team USA was glad he didn't want to go to the World Championships. If Coach K and the rest of the Team USA Coaching Staff dont like him, that says something to me.....

I actually like Sir Charles. He took a picture with my son a while back and was really nice and talked to him for a while. So SCB, you'll always be a friend for that!
Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | October 01, 2010 at 01:31 PM

Yeah, I have to admit Charles was really nice to me once. It was close to twenty years ago when I was working at the front desk of a large hotel in Century City. Magic was hosting his Mid Sumer Nights Magic basketball game. All the out of town players stayed at the hotel. One of my fellow front desk agents was checking Charles in and pointed to me at the other end of the desk and said, "Mr. Barkely, I'd like you to meet M...., she's a really big basketball fan. Charles walked over to me, stuck his huge mit of a hand out to me and said, "M...., it's really nice to meet you." And then he chatted with me briefly. Really, he didn't have to do that, so I've always thought it was very cool of him.

Trading Andrew for Melo would lose us championships.

You can't teach height. Andrew makes the Lakers ultra-tall and difficult to match up with. Making the Lakers shorter with Melo makes the Lakers easier to beat.

Andrew's defense is also vital. Defense wins championships. Melo doesn't play defense.

Andrew's attitude during the year and the playoffs has been great. Melo is moody and whiny. Melo is a loser.

Besides, Melo would bump off Ron Artest from the starting position. I'd rather have Ron than Melo.

Melo would also demand a Max contract though doesn't deserve it. I don't want whiny players who have mental problems for a Max contract. He isn't even good enough to be your main man.

I LOVE CHUCK!!!


That's got to be my all-time favorite thing he's EVER said - EVER!!


"Unprecedented ass kissing" HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


I like the Round Mound of Rebound. He's always good for a laugh - but this takes the cake!! LOL!!!!


LL,

It is nice when players give some time (I understand they get swamped). It is a lasting memory of friendliness!

JK,

Gotcha, and hope you are correct and Andrew gets healthy and is that "beast" that we all hope for him. Just the constant injuries and rehab that always seems to go way longer than expected, makes it a really big "IF." But, again, hope for our good and his personally, that he has an outstanding year and title number 3!

Rick - I'm telling you. Stern is pure evil. Imagine - we have to survive - even thrive - this entire coming season without ever being able to see Stan Van Fatty in his mock turtle neck. Un-freaking-believable. What's next? Phil won't be able to wear his flip flops to practice? Pat Riley will have to stop using hair gel? Joel Myers will have to whiten his teeth? I mean seriously - where does it stop?

Does this mean there are now two ticks next to Charles' name on LeBron's mental list?

Does this mean there are now two ticks next to Charles' name on LeBron's mental list? Posted by: LakerLass | October 01, 2010 at 02:25 PM
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Careful there Lass. The Princess has spies everywhere! Please Lass be careful or The Princess may put my LakerLass on his list.!!! LMAO!! I just feel sorry for Princess Jimmy. Any hate I may ever have had for him is gone. But MJ...I Freakin HATE MJ!!!!!!!!!!

Sister Justa, the new undisputed leader, I like it. You are an Icon now Justa use your power wisely. Oh by the way that vicious woman that we talked about is going to give me my package so all is good.

Leader? Leader of what? I can't even remember to feed my cats half the time and you want me to lead someone somewhere? You're crazier than I thought you were, Mamba24.

:)


Where are my Peeps?

You're crazier than I thought you were, Mamba24.Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 02:36 PM
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OK.

mamba24,

Reporting for duty sir! Uh, no offense Justa!

Careful there Lass. The Princess has spies everywhere! Please Lass be careful or The Princess may put my LakerLass on his list.!!! LMAO!! I just feel sorry for Princess Jimmy. Any hate I may ever have had for him is gone. But MJ...I Freakin HATE MJ!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | October 01, 2010 at 02:30 PM

Not our Lass, no we can't have none of that!

Don't worry Lass, we got your back!

Present and ready Mamba24

First, LOL at the new dress code rule banning turtlenecks. I loved SVG's reaction to it too. Classic.

Second, Barkley's comments about the whole LeBron thing are right on. Unprecedented ass kissing is exactly what this is. Every day when I get ready, I switch back and forth between ESPN and BBC News, and every day I wonder if the people at ESPN know that the Lakers are aiming for their 3rd straight title, and 4th straight NBA Finals appearance. The slobbering all over the Heat's family jewels is seriously off-putting, and has forced me to leave it on BBC News for the vast majority of the hour that I get ready.

At the same time, I hope this crap seriously motivates the Lakers. Were it I in their shoes, I would have a major chip on my shoulder.

I wonder if, at some point, Blake learns the Tri and does really well, that he will start eventually and have Fish to run and bring stability (with LO) to the second unit and perhaps finish games. Seems like a perfect role.
Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | October 01, 2010 at 01:20 PM

I hope this happens. It would mean more rest for Fish and that Blake is doing really good.

Gotta go, game prep. Gotta smack Boston around. Even Laker fans want Yanks to do that, ha, ha!

JUSTA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

Posted by: Magic Phil | October 01, 2010 at 01:40 PM

I second this JUSTA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

Magic Phil / Troy Beezy -

I'm not kidding - put down the vodka and step away from the percoset....

Seriously...


"Trading Andrew for Melo would lose us championships.
You can't teach height. Andrew makes the Lakers ultra-tall and difficult to match up with. Making the Lakers shorter with Melo makes the Lakers easier to beat."

Yes, this is so true!!!!!!!! You ALWAYS take height over talent and skill. ALWAYS!!!!!

Sincerely,

Greg Oden and Sam Bowie

Is there a chat today?

jefe - at 3:30...

Chat at 3:30

Guys there's going to be a chat at 3:30 p.m. Bring your training camp questions!!

Magic Phil / Troy Beezy -

I'm not kidding - put down the vodka and step away from the percoset....

Seriously...

Posted by: justanothermambafan | October 01, 2010 at 03:01 PM

It's too late Justa, the Vodka and Percoset are both gone already.

Fish averaged 27 minutes last season.
Farmar averaged 18 minutes.
Shannon averaged 20 minutes.
Sasha averaged 8 minutes.

I would love to see Blake average close to 30 minutes or more a game by the end of the season, and possibly even start. An improved Shannon and Sasha may be deserving of more minutes as well. Fish is aging, and needs to be fresh for the playoffs. His ideal minutes should be no more than 15-20 a game. I would love to see Fish coming off the bench, ala Horry, and help close out games. My ideal minute distribution is as follows:

Blake - 30 minutes
Fish - 15 minutes
Shannon - 21 minutes
Sasha - 14 minutes

"Trading Andrew for Melo would lose us championships.
You can't teach height. Andrew makes the Lakers ultra-tall and difficult to match up with. Making the Lakers shorter with Melo makes the Lakers easier to beat."

Hmmmm, is that right?

Sincerely,

Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant

Why am I not surprised from the chatter that is posted on this blog:

Los Angeles is not on the list and not surprised:

http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/110890/americas-smartest-cities?mod=career-worklife_balance

Of course my city is listed.

Kevin Durant over Bynum no questions asked. Unfortunately, Bynum is no where near KD's caliber and a liability at best both from maturity and health perspective.

Sam Bowie over MJ?

LAKER TRUTH,
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I like your breakdown of minutes, but I'd give a few more to Fisher and a few less to Shannon Brown.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

Blake - 30 minutes
Fish - 15 minutes
Shannon - 21 minutes
Sasha - 14 minutes

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | October 01, 2010 at 03:17 PM

LAKER TRUTH, that's 80 minutes per game. Between PG and SG there are 96 minutes per game, leaving only 16 to Kobe. If you're saying Kobe's other 16-20 minutes are gonna be at SF, where does that leave Barnes?

Bring Shannon down to 14 and Sasha down to about 10 and you're getting closer.

It's funny how everybody love's chuck now, last season you all hated his fat@zz. Now you're having a love fest. Sounds like Lakerholic HYPOCRITES to me.

Derek Jeter, Barkley said Kobe wouldn't be averaging 30 pts a game again. Kobe didn't and he won't. Also to the Melo advocates, Buss won't trade Andrew Bynum for Melo, so forget about that. The Lakers don't need Melo or want him. If you don't believe it, just watch and see.

Now the Idiots of the world have a new King and we all know who he is. That whole thing about Lebron's race comment was comically idiotic; and I thought that would be impossible to be funny and stupid at the same time. Now I impatiently wait for the next impossible feat the King achieves and I know for sure it won't be 7 championships.


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