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Derek Fisher disagrees with LeBron James' endorsing league contraction

Lakers guard and president of the National Basketball Players Assn. Derek Fisher expressed disagreement with LeBron James' recent suggestion that the NBA should contract teamsand "figure out one way where it can go back to the '80s where you had three or four All-Stars, three or four superstars, three or four Hall of Famers on the same team."

"I agree that the '80s was a great time for NBA basketball," Fisher said Friday after practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "But I don't agree that contraction or arbitrarily trying to get Hall of Fame or All-Star guys all on the same team is necessarily how you re-create one of the greatest times in NBA history."

The NBA's league office, the league's 30 owners  and players union have a collective bargaining agreement that expires June 30, 2011, and commissioner David Stern said contracting teams might be necessary to offset the league's contended financial problems. James told reporters "[contraction] is not my job; I'm a player but that is why the league was so great.

"Imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team and you shrink the [league]," James continued. "Looking at some of the teams that aren't that great, you take Brook Lopez or you take Devin Harris off these teams that aren't that good right now and you add him to a team that could be really good. Not saying let's take New Jersey and let's take Minnesota out of the league. But hey, you guys are not stupid, I'm not stupid, it would be great for the league."

Fisher shot down any suggestion that James' comments and the stature surrounding him undermines the players union's efforts. 

"I don't know if it necessarily hurts our cause," Fisher said. "It's surprising I would say maybe to a lot of people. I guess I'm a realist in that regard. Even in the past when guys have comments that have been deemed detrimental to the cause, it's unrealistic to think we have 500 people in one group and everybody is going to say the same thing and have the same responses to certain questions. I don't necessarily agree."

"I don't necessarily agree with them, but at the same time I understand and respect the fact that 460 opinions won't always be alike," Fisher added, estimating the number of players in the league. "I don't think it's my place to tell one of our guys what they should be thinking or feeling or saying, but I don't necessarily agree with it."

But with the Heat set to play the Lakers on Christmas Day, will Fisher say anything to James to bring up the subject matter before or after the game?

"I guess it depends if we win or lose," Fisher said. "The conversation will go a certain way based on that, I guess."

--Mark Medina

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OK, i still have the Power!!! But in the spirit of the Holiday...Fabulous Justanothermambafan, I am handed it back to it's rightful owner. Use your powers wisely Justa!

I coulda been a contender!!

@Magia32, I think you may well get your wish tomorrow. I think Derek Fisher will have an inspired game! As will all the Lakers!!!!

Oh the Lakers got the motivation they needed...GREAT! Lebron said the same thing that Kobe recently said in an interview and that fans have expressed in the past. I know this "I hate Lebron" thing is a trend but really. To say the league needs the Raptors or GRizzlies is laughable. I live in Cali and I have heard many times get rid of the Clippers. I prefer getting rid of the owner but hey. The point is that with the Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Lakers, etc the league is just getting out of it's watered down era. The fact that the Lakers play every Christmas, even though they have a losing record says a lot. The League relies on 2 to 3 teams to carry them.

If the Lakers, especially come out playing mad THE HEAT will win. Kobe jacks up shots when he feels the need to prove a point. PLus, Lebron shines as the boos get louder lol

Art - Okay I'll raise you an 8yr old phenom name Kevin McCallister...
Posted by: LRob |


That was a good one!
I'm gunna throw in this 4 yr old and call:

BTW, we go much younger and we'll be into old people, as the circle of life just keeps going around.

So we know the Lakers and their coach have been saying it's just another boring game. That they don't really like to work on Christmas day. That they don't really play for the championship against the Heat. That who cares about a Statement Game. Etc... etc...

Inquiring minds want to know if they would play for... PRIDE? you know like NOT being blown out and humiliated in their home court in front of family, friends and a national audience?

PRIDE. Does that mean anything anymore?

PS: It's too bad that from the media to Las Vegas, they have NOT done a good enough job of hyping up the Heat AND dismissing the Lakers as some sort of has-been non-entity. Maybe, just maybe then that could have evoked some emotion and motivatin for the Lakers to play hard for a change...

regardless of any motivation in the press, the lakers are leaving their homes and kids on Christmas morning to go to a game, you talk about a change in focus....

meanwhile Miami is on the road, missing all that, they take it out on the home team....

this year...we get a present, they overcome this edge and pull it out

LeBJ seems to think he is too elite for this league...he's too sexy for this league

Fish is a good union president

Thanks Psycorp.

Psycorp - Keep dreaming, No fire, No Guts they'll just roll over and say... it's just another game.

Kobe will come out jacking up shots early, building a BRICK house. The Lakers will be in a deep hole, after half time they'll try and fight their way back loosing 111 - 98 another PRACTICE GAME. It only matters when you win....just saying.

"They hate us because their not us" NO "They hate you because you are you"


In the spirit of the season, id like to extend my most sincere well wishes to the "Trolls" on the blog. you may talk smack, you may be the most obnoxious people on this blog, you may be carbon copies of Patton Oswalt's character in "Big Fan", but you are still human beings and this is all just sports afterall. So, from the bottom of my heart, Merry Christmas Trolls, may the holiday season bring you joy and happiness...because come June, we'll gladly enjoy the Venom you spew when the Lakers are Rolling Down Fig with #17 ;)

So what happens when Kobe Spanks the Meat, G-Money? im just curious as to what youll be saying when they lose, assuming of course that you're going to be on the blog to eat your crow ;)

"They hate us because their not us" NO "They hate you because you are you"
Go KING JAMES Posted by: G.Money | December 24, 2010 at 03:18 PM
LMAO!!! Thank God!!! I thought with a name change that Fire might be gone. But G.Money you are still as endearingly irritating as ever!!! LOL! I'm proud of you sir! Name change is a good thing! So...may you and the family have a wonderful and joyous Holiday although I guess there will not be too much joy for you when The Lakers complete their Beatdown of the Heat tomorrow. Merry Christmas my brother!!!

@Caps Googles, Merry Christmas to the Trolls? MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE FREAKIN TROLLS?...That was beautiful my brother!!! And a Merry Christmas to you Cap and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you Mamba,

I would also like to wish everyone on the Blog and the Blog Family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! we are all one people united by our love for the Purple and Gold. We may argue and fight amongst ourselves, but in the end, we support the greatest team in the greatest nation in the world. Joy to each and every one of you during this holiday season. Peace be amongst you all ;)

Mamba24 - Dude thanks, Your a Super Class Act I see why so many Lakerholics care about you, Happy Holidays.

Cap's Goggles- Yes it's me Justa Hater, and look forward at burning your EARS after the Heat get that @ZZ. Merry Christmas my man.

Peace and Love brother G. however misguided you may be ;)

WTH? All these links to beautiful Christmas songs and not one, NOT ONE, link to one of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time? Well we're going to rectify that ISH right now!!!!!

Some years ago, around the year 2000, my wife and I were in separate states and unable to be together for Christmas that year.
We generally just communicated by email.
So I converted this little Christmas classic into a more modern version and the names mentioned are all names of dogs we had that had long since passed.
So I'd like to share this now 10 year old remake of a classic in tribute to anyone who has an old dog friend to remember, as well as anyone who can't be with a loved one at Christmas and relies on email, and anyone that might get a chuckle out out of it...


A Different Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before christmas as I clicked on my mouse
Not an email was stirring, not in 'our house'.
The emails were separated into their folders with care
Only prob was, there were hardly any there.

Perhaps she was nestled all snug in her bed,
Perhaps she was dizzy or sick in the head.
I was wearing a sweater and also a cap
As I sat at my 'puter wondering where is she at?

When all of a sudden there arose a great clatter
I stared at my puter to see what was the matter.
I pointed and clicked as fast as I could
But the curser wouldnt move like it usually would.

The screen was all blurry and full of snow
I tried to search google but it just wouldnt go.
As my wondering eyes began to fog
I saw cyber santa with cyber reindogs.

I thought am I dreaming, could this be a trick?
Could there be such a thing as a cyber St Nick?
Cyber reindogs too, this must be a game,
Then there was whistling and shouting as he called them by name.

Now Trixie, now Gretchen, now Benji and Hank,
On Sheba, on Summer, is this a prank?
They climbed to the top of my puter with ease
I couldnt believe it, I said stop it, please!

I had lost all control my mouse wouldnt respond,
Cyber Nick and the reindogs just kept moving on.
Along the top of my puter they flew
With a sleigh full of emails, all of them from you.

In a state of confusion I heard woof, woof, woof
And the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
I sat there and blinked at the cursor that freezed
As St Nick entered my email account with ease.

He was dressed all in fur, just like the real thing
As he filled up my email he began to sing.
I couldnt believe it, this just cant be true
Then one of the reindogs chewed on his shoe.

He sang quite off key but continued to work,
He filled my inbox then turned with a jerk.
The reindogs were barking a cheery hello
Then he said to them all, its time to go.

They were smiling and happy to see me again,
I knew in an instant that now was then.
My puter screen blinked and then they were gone
Only my email account was still on.

But now it was full, emails in each folder
Even some from the reindogs, from younger to older.
Then I heard in the distance and saw a faint poof,
Happy Christmas to all, woof, woof, woof, woof!


I would also like to wish everyone on the Blog and the Blog Family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! we are all one people united by our love for the Purple and Gold. We may argue and fight amongst ourselves, but in the end, we support the greatest team in the greatest nation in the world. Joy to each and every one of you during this holiday season. Peace be amongst you all ;) Posted by: Cap's Goggles (83-79) | December 24, 2010 at 03:35 PM
Now this, This is...SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Were you expecting an educated response from Lebron James?

It is obvious that this guy thinking processes are not close to his basketball skills as of yet. James was the right person to ask about the NBA contracting. Get a non-sense response, like his big decision on national T.V. There are some educated players in the NBA that would have given you a decent response based on common sense and facts. Facts that matter to the players, teams and the cities they represent. You would expect James to give an answer that matter to only one person, that's himself. Why should he worry about how contraction would affect others when the world revolves around the King.

@Art-Fl Lakers Fan, You sir are a certified GENIUS!!!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laker fan-

Ill follow Cap's (Tainted) Goggles lead and wish you all a Merry Christmas!


Your prediction reminds me of one of my favorite Finals game! I feel like your preditction is a cousin of mine or something!

Why thank you 131-92, enjoy the holidays

Your prediction reminds me of one of my favorite Finals game! I feel like your preditction is a cousin of mine or something! Posted by: 131-92 | December 24, 2010 at 03:52 PM
LMAO!!! Ka-Ching!!!! 131 it just would not be the Holidays if we did not hear from you. Don't be so anxious, we'll get to your team in a few weeks after we dispose of these freakin pretenders. So I hope all is well with your team and your family? And 131 from one great Nation, Lakers Nation to another Celtics Nation best wishes for a Happy Holiday. Happy Holidays also to you and your family sir!!!


You are welcome. I figured we could have a cease fire for half a day.


Thank You .. Same to you and yours. We can get at it again tomorrow. Good luck tomorrow. Dont forget to watch our victory over Orlando!

Good luck tomorrow. Dont forget to watch our victory over Orlando! Posted by: 131-92 | December 24, 2010 at 04:07 PM
That Celtic swagger is back!!! I like it! So check back tomorrow and we'll compare game notes. Good luck to your team also!

of course dfish would disagree because it would be players of his caliber that would have to get a real job! I despise LBJ but when you're right, you're right. They justify the huge $100M contracts for playing a game by referring to themselves as entertainers; well i don't find rashard lewis very entertaining at $126M. downsize i say and improve the quality of play.

There... I wrote it. The Grinch who gave back Christmas...

Happy Holidays :-) and let's kick some Heat @$$ tomorrow afternoon!

Wow, headband...Is he nuts or what...that is not really a smart move...oh yeah, it's headband who only thinks of himself.

LeQuit is simply trying to deflect the extreme negativity he brought onto himself by dumping Cleveland the way he did on the national TV

Lebron. What a selfish, self centered piece of s..t.
If I get this correctly -Miami has 3 great players, 2-3 solid NBA players & the rest is garbage, which should be replaced (this can be acomplished with contraction).
Now a short message to the "garbage":
-You realizie, if the king does not bring the title to Miami -it is your fault (after all you are garbage);
-Next time there is a pick that THE KING will run into -please warn him;
-If the king gets beaten -please help/switch;
To all the kids, fans & employees of potential teams to be contracted:
Support your KING -buy his jersey & shoes.
OR maybe not -I don't believe you are "worthy" to wear Kings jersey or shoes



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