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Photo Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher exchange high fives

January 6, 2011 | 12:45 pm

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The bond between Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisherreaches many levels. The two both clicked well as rookies during the Lakers' 1996-97 season. It strengthened during the five championship runs they had together. And it revealed deeply rooted validity when Bryant revealed during the NBA Finals a long-held notion that Fisher truly is the only one with the clout to publicly and privately challenge him and when Fisher revealed Bryant is the main reason he agreed to re-sign with the Lakers this offseason.

They displayed that mutual respect as the final minute ticked down during the Lakers' 99-95 victory Wednesday over the Phoenix Suns. Fisher's 18-foot jumper gave the Lakers a 99-92 lead with 45 seconds remaining, overshadowed an otherwise poor performance in which he hit one of six shots and picked up a technical foul for pushing Phoenix's Marcin Gortat and prompted Bryant and Fisher to exchange a low high-five.

"That's my man," Bryant said recently of Fisher. "Everybody knows our story. That's my dude."

The photo reveals plenty of things: the utmost respect the two have for each other despite the disparity in talent levels, how they have their handshake down pat and that the preceding play sealed the victory. Share your captions and the best ones will be featured in a Friday post.

Photo: Kobe Bryant, left, congratulates teammate Derek Fisher after taking a seven-point lead over the Phoenix Suns with 45 seconds remaining Wednesday. Credit: Ralph Freso / Associated Press

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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