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Derek Fisher accepts sportsman of the year award from L.A. Sports Council

As Lakers guard Derek Fisher stood center stage at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday for the annual L.A. Sports Awards, play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers made a quick remark to the team's co-captain.

"Let's keep doing this."

Fisher was just about to accept two awards from the L.A. Sports Council: one honoring the Lakers' 16th championship as the top sports moment of the year, and the sportsman of the year honor. He is the third consecutive Laker to win the award, following Pau Gasol (2010) and Kobe Bryant (2009). The award prompted Fisher to wax nostalgic about his relationship with the city and his involvement with the Lakers' youth foundation.  But Fisher also recognized the Lakers' ability to win.

"Every season is filled with different stories and reasons why teams do well and teams win a championship or not," Fisher said. "There are lots of things that we can all pick apart as to why a team was successful or not. For our team the last couple of seasons, our teams have had some ups and downs and we had moments where even amongst ourselves, we continued to question, 'Can we take this to where we want to go?' And that's to the top of the NBA. So even currently as we go through the ups and downs of another regular season, we make an attempt to a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and third consecutive NBA championship, there isn't anything more important to our group than that one thing and that one goal."

Derek Fisher on Lakers

 The ceremony illustrated how the Lakers' stake in winning largely influences the rest of the city. The ceremony featured special tributes to the late John Wooden, but the Lakers' championship eclipsed his passing as the year's top moment. Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena won the coach of the year award, but he remarked, "I'd like to thank [Lakers coach] Phil Jackson for stepping out this year for this award." Figure skater Evan Lysacek shared that the work ethic of unnamed Lakers helped inspire him to win the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. And Jerry Buss' induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Lamar Odom's role in the 2010 FIBA World Championships were considered the third and eighth top moments, respectively.

"Even when we've had our bad days and those nights when we haven't looked like a quote-unquote championship team, we all still came back into the locker room and continued to band together as brothers and to push ourselves into the best team we can be," Fisher told the audience. "We recognize in terms of expectations. There isn't anything less this city expects of us, which is to be champions. That's what we strive to be every single night. I pledge to you on behalf of my team with this award that we'll give everything that we have."

Derek Fisher on winning 2011 sportsman of the year

 Note: The Times' Clippers beat writer, Lisa Dillman, will be hosting a live chat at 3 p.m. Expect plenty of questions about the Clippers trading Baron Davis, Blake Griffin's dunks and the state of the team. Considering the Clippers play the Lakers on Friday night, feel free to join in and throw in some questions about the game as well.

-- Mark Medina

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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! DEREK FISHER THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE LAKERS!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!

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OUTLAW REPRESENT AT THE GAME TONIGHT ….ENJOY!!!!!! BANDWAGON
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Please, oh, please, my dear Lakers: Give me a rousing win tonight. You don't want an angry Outlaw sitting court side. I'll be in a gold T-shirt with Kobe's face on it (memorabilia from the 81-point game). I've got a beard, and I'll be holding a large beer, screaming and hooting. Go Lake Show! Posted by: The Outlaw |
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(01) SEAN – OWNER - The Outlaw- I'm growing a beard too, rally around the squad for a winning streak. Decided to change things up, small world.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER - WTH? SCREAMING & HOOTING?? OUTLAW you sir will conduct yourself in a dignified manner befitting someone who is a represenative of Lakers Nation!! Lol!! Enjoy yourself my brother!! And...Let out a couple of hoots for me too!!! LOL!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN – OUTLAW!!!! Have a great time tonight!! I'll look for you LOL!! Go all Jay-Z and trip a referee if they start acting up!!
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – RIDING SHOTGUN2
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – RIDING SHOTGUN3 - Outlaw - bring home a win for us! Love the changing it up thing too - go crazy!
(06) LROB – DJ - @outlaw – enjoy the game.
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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I
been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver
the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after
destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - DRIVER 2
(05) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER3 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(06) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!
(08) JON K. – SECUTRITY - People who express educated concerns about Derek Fishers
are Lakers fans. People who blindly attack Derek Fisher and make ridiculous insults about
Derek Fisher are trolls, idiots and chicken littles. Nothing more.
(09) : SNAQUILE OMEAL - If you hate fisher, you hate yourself!
(10) MARK G(I HAVE NO IDEA) - I don't know, call me crazy, but Fish has his moments
(11) AL FRANKEN - Fisher being the starting PG is just the price of
admission to the Parade. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
(12)BUCK - OH MY GOOD LORD JESUS! FISH MADE A LAY UP!!!
(13) KOBEFAN IN CUPERTINO -OMG WHAT THE F DID FISH DO?????
(14) JOHNNYV - It's going to be a LONG DAY for the Fish haters.
(15) LROB-Congrats to DFish on his consecutive game streak. Like Allan Stewart Konigsberg said, "90% of life is showing up". Fish thanks for answering the bell. For all those that treat DFish like the black sheep of the Lakers....he ain't going anywhere...so you can root for him or not...The Choice Is Yours. Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU For any that don’t like Fish game, or Pau, or Luke, or Kobe….I have no problem with that as long as your love for the Lakers overrule your dislike of the individual. This is for you..Tupac - I Ain’t Mad at Cha (clean version of course…lol)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-B10qhRho
(16) HE8ME1 - HOOK. LINE. SINKER. The FISHERKING strikes again.
(17) PURPLE HEART - To all the tools who were just bashing on Fish today. Did you watch the game tonite? Probably not. This is why Fish still starts for us. He will pull this type of act off whenever we truly need it. Love the Fish.
(18) BAY TO LA - The last 6 minutes of the game is where he was key. The rest of the game..ehh. He
needs to be there at the end, not the beginning.
(19) FISHER24 - Fisher would always have energy to play the game.
(20) LEWSTRS -So for the ones that say Fish can't guard the speedy PGs in the league...name me 2 that can...Are they on a championship caliber team... The Lakers are like a race car...Some times if is not tuned in precisely, it won't run as fast, smooth or respond as well...But if it's dialed in...it's a hard car to beat, and the other drivers would hope, that we make a mistake which they can capitalize on...Meaning to say...it's the Lakers who will beat the Lakers... So back off Fish...Give the team Mitch and PJ put together a chance...we are still one of the elite teams in the league, and if you have been a fan of this team for the last 3 years...you know they are a different animal in the playoffs...I have no problem with people criticizing players on our team...I have a problem when posters do NOTHING BUT, criticize a player, coach or the front office...EVERY TIME THEY POST...
(21) FMRKT - In short, Fish - by himself - has never cost the team - to my recollection - a playoff or championship series.
(22) SRAFRANK - Hey leave Fisher alone. He is the Master Link. Man has it come to that. The man has the bling to back up his worth and we act like we have bling. Hey idiots Check your fingers Empty thats what I thought.
(23) LUDWIG - Fisher King reigns over the land of purple and gold -- today, tomorrow and forever! All you disgusting trolls eat the dirt and the grime under his glorious sneakers! God loves you, Derek, and so do his angels!
(24) DONTBLAMEDELHARRIS - To all the haters: I really hate to say I told you so, but...Fish has what most new players and some younger players don't: class. "I've had plenty of employees who were great people, and not terribly good performers in the workplace. I've also had multitudes of
superb employees who were just a bunch of jerks. When the poop hit the fan, the morally grounded
folks "put up" and the others "shut up". The poop hit the fan, and Fish cans another game-winner.
What's new? I woke up Mrs. DBDH by unleashing a primal scream of victory, but it was worth it.
(25) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I read the caption, and it outlines what Derek Fisher was thinking about
if the first two options were covered. That's the mark of a player who is prepared for different
scenarios - much like a player on a baseball team thinking about what to do if a ball is hit to a
specific location with a certain number of runners on base.
(26) MAMBA24 –How do you spell CLUTCH? The same way you spell CLASS…D.E.R.E.K F.I.S.H.E.R
(27) CORNER J - Old Arab saying: the dogs bark, but da Fish swims on...
(28) OCISMAMBACOUNTRY - FISH! Not the prettiest game but definitely a nice boost of confidence for the team. I had to laugh when Barnes kissed his head while being interviewed by John Ireland after the game. Thank you Derrick for making Lakers games as fun to watch and as suspenseful as Hollywood movies.
(29) FEARLESS - Maybe Fish is a Jedi. Because they stood around and looked at him make the play exactly the same way Boston did. Oh yeah, you KNOW I'm on the Fisher King bandwagon. I have been his biggest champion on this blog for YEARS!
(30) WILLB3 - Derick Fisher is older than Moses, but he is the clutch (team leader)player the Lakers need
(31) HAWIID - don't know why people hate on Fish so much. Dude has 5 rings...count em 5! He's the starting point guard for all 5 Championships. Basketball is a team sport so he matters big time. Countless clutch shots and the heart of a lion. All the armchair critics of Fish are smarter and wiser than 13 ring PJ (that's right he has 2 as a player...3 toe rings) and GOAT Kobe Black Mamba Bryant who treats Fish like AmEx...don't leave home without him? Gimme a freakin break!
(32) MCLYNE - They will say that it's only one game and it doesn't matter. One game could mean HCA throughout the playoffs. One game could mean playing game 7 of the WCF at home. One game could
mean having HCA in the Finals. One game could mean playing game 7 of the Finals at home. Please tell me again why one game won by D FISH doesn't matter.
(33) 63 FOOTER - "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." The Fish haters confound me. I understand getting on a player when they're doing things differently all of a sudden, or having a tough run (like Pau right now, say), but Fish has ALWAYS played this way. Nothing has changed. Solid, solid, clutch. It's just plain weird to me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AftPxOKGj1s
(34) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - Regarding Fish, has this guy ever NOT elevated his game for the playoffs?? Seriously, for those of you that have been Lakers fans for awhile, and for those of you that have ever been in clutch sports situations where your heart starts racing and you get a little dizzy and all your muscles feel like Jello, do you have any fear of putting the ball in Fisher's hands with the game on the line? I'm not the world's biggest Fisher supporter, but you really haven't been paying attention if you don't realize that Fisher is pacing himself through the regular season (reminding you of his "clutchness" every once in awhile) so
he can bring it for the playoffs. Just shut it for awhile, Fish doubters!
(35) MAGIC PHIL - Great game last night, especially the 3rd quarter. Yes, I'm not crazy: The freakin 3rd quarter!!!!!!!!! hope the Lakers watch that tape, because that is exactly HOW WE SHOULD NOT PLAY ANYMORE! Kobe looked tired and old, Gasol looked as soft as ever, Fish was horrible, everybody sucked! I was really mad...Then, the Killer B's plus Artest and Gasol putted us back into the game (amen). And Fisher, always him, gave us the win. They were rested, no excuses for such performance. Thanks Killer Bs, Thanks Fish. The rest, MAN UP!
(36) DIANDRA - Derek fisher, you are still my favourite laker. If anyone doubted you at your age, you last night showed once again why they shouldnt. - Man, I love Derek Fisher. He's been my favourite player for about seven years now? I was so heart broken when he left the lakers, yet so happy to see him try and shine elsewhere. No, he's not the spectacular point guard that we've seen in Rondo, or the new rookies, or Chris Paul. (Is he a PG?) But he brings something that a lot of players don't have, and that's his ability to motivate his team through a single speech. His clutch players throughout the years have defined him as a player. If I didn't have an exam tomorrow night I would be out and proud wearing my Derek Fisher jersey cheering away for us tomorrow night. There are a lot of Derek Fisher haters out there, because he isn't as speedy and averages so few points a game during the regular season. When you start to doubt Derek Fisher think back to his Game 3 vs the celtics. His two three point shots vs the Magic, his .4 shot, and now his .1 shot. He may be 36 years old, but he's still one of the greatest players the lakers have ever had, and without him, I don't think Kobe would have 5 rings.
(37) LARRY OF LA - I am a lefty and the left handed high arc running bank shot is money. I am 5'10" and can not jump and its never in blocked. You box out with your body and have that sweet high arc bank..well, DFISH, WTG. And it was a scrappy win...I love scrappy wins.
(38) JON K. – 2. Derek Fisher is the man!
(39) LAKERJ - Derek Fisher is one cool hombre. His presence exudes leadership. Like it or not, he is a vital component of this team. His knowledge of the game will propel him to be involved in basketball after he retires as a player. Don't be surprised to see him as a GM.
(40) LAKERHOLIC - And Fish hits the floater at the buzzer!!! Keep the wins going!
(41) ZAIRA – BLOG GODDESS - I'm happy Fish "saved" us. I love him dearly... but for every clutch, there is always a team which brought a single man in the position to close it to win. Without Kobe we wouldn't have got the -1 point way to pass through.
(42) HTJ - Fish Baybeeeeeeeeeeeee!
(43) SAMLL - 3.1 seconds to win the game. Who you gonna call? The Black Mamba if he's available. When in doubt, press #2. For Mr. 0.4, 3.1 secs is nothing. Go Fish!
(44) ROCKY - Just when the Fisher haters were starting to gain momentum, BAM! Fisher wins a game for us with yet another clutch Laker moment. Did you haters see how calm and composed Fish was in the biggest moment of the game? Did you guys see how he knew how much time was left to the last millisecond? That is Derek Fisher for you, Mr Dependable. Balls of Steel. Ice water in his veins. This guy gets a free pass because he does things like that on a consistent basis.

All I want is for Fisher to *accept* less minutes in the rotation, a lesser roll on this team. Fisher needs to *accept* that he hurts the team.

How many rings does Fish have as starting PG of the Lakers?

LOVE YA FISH! KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU DO: HITTING CLUTCH SHOTS, SEEMLESSLY RUNNING THE OFFENSE AND LEADING YOUR TEAM TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES!

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LAKER TRUTH: I think undersized Perk has more to offer than 38-yr old Shaq. From what I've seen of Shaq the last couple years, Cleveland and Boston, he's a shell of his former self. He'll flash a strong move or two every so often but for the most part gets out-jumped, out-hustled, out-worked on the defensive end. On offense, well let's not even go there... lol. The point I wanted to make is that their 'collection' of bigs is now thinner.

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yello: If Ainge brought Green in for defensive purposes on Kobe... My goodness, words escape me. How about we just add Ainge's face to this vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yidx8hykIiQ

Ainge does realize that he'll have to take out Pierce or KG to play Green, right? He acquired a backup?

Maybe he could do this during the playoffs a whole lot more to 'fix' his mistake:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFmaMQTFMNs


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Better yet, I want Phil Jakson to *accept* that.

Guys, I got a shoutout in ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning today. They didn't know how to pronounce the last name, but it's all good.

Go to 17:40 mark of this link.

http://a.espnradio.com/insider/mikeandmike/mikeandmike_02252011_hr1.mp3

Mamba,

You're on fire! So this one's for you.

Jimi - Fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U88KuWxayLg

Everyone all in love with D. Howard. Bynum is more skilled offensively and maybe just maybe under a different coach next season, Bynum will flourish on D too.

Remember people, Lakers next coach WILL NOT have Fisher on the court, letting the bigs cover for him on every-single-play.
Or maybe I just plain and simply just don't like Howard

Posted by: Magia32 | February 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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Magia32 -
I think it’s more of the latter…lol

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I
been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver
the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after
destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????

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(45) CYBERCOSMIX - How many rings does Fish have as starting PG of the Lakers? LOVE YA FISH! KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU DO: HITTING CLUTCH SHOTS, SEEMLESSLY RUNNING THE OFFENSE AND LEADING YOUR TEAM TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES!

MM: "Guys, I got a shoutout in ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning today. They didn't know how to pronounce the last name, but it's all good.
Go to 17:40 mark of this link.
http://a.espnradio.com/insider/mikeandmike/mikeandmike_02252011_hr1.mp3"
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HOW GREAT IS THAT!!!

It truly was an awesome reaction by Phil and I'm glad you got props for that quote MM on national radio! Our little blog getting nation-wide attention? I'd like to go Marv Albert and exclaim...

YES!!! AND IT COUNTS!!!!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

WOW!! KUDOS BLOG GOD!!! THEY BETTER RECOGNIZE!!!! AND IT COUNTS!!!!!!

Jimi - Fire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U88KuWxayLg Posted by: LRob | February 25, 2011 at 01:35 PM
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YES SIR!!!! WE JAMMIN WITH DJ LROB!!!!!!!!!!!

There are no more words - Fish is my favorite current Laker.

Cheers - PLG

There are no more words - Fish is my favorite current Laker. Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | February 25, 2011 at 01:47 PM
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WTH? PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL speechless? I totally understand ma'am!! And a very good choice for a favorite too!!! Carry On!

Congratulations, Derek!!!

An honor well-deserved!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I
been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver
the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after
destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????

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(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - There are no more words - Fish is my favorite current Laker.
(08) JON K. - Congratulations, Derek!!! An honor well-deserved!
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(45) CYBERCOSMIX - How many rings does Fish have as starting PG of the Lakers? LOVE YA FISH! KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU DO: HITTING CLUTCH SHOTS, SEEMLESSLY RUNNING THE OFFENSE AND LEADING YOUR TEAM TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES!

Troy Murphy will be become a free agent.
The Lakers failed to make a trade at the deadline.
The Lakers don't have a reliable backup center.
Boston and Miami will go after him.
Lakers going after Murhpy equals no brainer.
PERIOD

congrats MM- putting in work and gettin shout out fo it. Great job.

This Blog is little kids, grown @ss adults with a bandwagon. My god people get a life.

Congratulations to Derek Fisher.

He may have lost a step in his on court game, but his character and heart has a lot to do with all the last years success.
Derek is the example of what a teammate should be.

The same can be said of Steve Blake. I must agree that he is struggling all season, with some good games but in average a not so good season.
But Steve Blake is a guy that embodies the meaning of selflessness, he doesn't care about scoring stats or minutes played. And he works hard and gives the best he can.

A team isn't a math formula that sums the talent of its elements, it is beyond that there are other important things like chemistry, respect, sacrifice, etc.

And this team has players that even though they don't have a lot of talent and don't execute well, they have other qualities.


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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I
been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver
the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after
destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
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(46) TIDAL WAVE - Congratulations to Derek Fisher. He may have lost a step in his on court game, but his character and heart has a lot to do with all the last years success. Derek is the example of what a teammate should be.


This is the other dimension you get from having Derek Fisher - leadership, professionalism and a role model as a good Dad. He is the most sought player after the season being the head of the Players Union. David Stearns, Superstars, Owners and Lawyers would kowtow Fisher's advice or else no deal.

No deal means no money for all the hungry Beavers. Furthermore, there are lobbyists behind the scenes advertisers, media, stadium, workers for NBA teams, No. 1 fan like Pres. Obama, etc. The only group not being represented are the fans in general, we will be locked-out from any kind locked-in discussions. What do u think will be the final verdict? Simple, rob fan's money by putting up a show.

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I
been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver
the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after
destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
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(47) EDWIN GUECO - This is the other dimension you get from having Derek Fisher - leadership, professionalism and a role model as a good Dad. He is the most sought player after the season being the head of the Players Union. David Stearns, Superstars, Owners and Lawyers would kowtow Fisher's advice or else no deal.


Congratulations to DFish and our very own MM!!!

Nothing like getting some well-deserved recognition.

T minus 5 hours and counting until GAME TIME BABY!!!

AT LAST!!! Those 3 little words that give my day meaning...Posted By Justanothermambafan!!

Mamba 24

Police here; you are on fire this beautiful friday afternoon mon ami! Police thinks that whatever it is you are having, the PSP would like a double!

Most Car Salesmen are slimy ... how you gonna send me an OTD quote price then I get to your shop and you tack on 2 grand in add-ons? They lucky the PSP know Jesus now ...

Thanks
PSP Officer

Some Pistons organize a boycott of practice (alledgedly) to show disdain for their coach. Rip, Tayshaun and a few others.
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http://espn.go.com/blog/TrueHoop/post/_/id/25479/coaching-change-coming-in-detroit
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Rip and Tay should be ashamed. They whined about Flip Saunders, Michael Curry and now coach Kuester. Very unbecoming of former champs. Understand this coach has made a lot of mistakes in dealing with the players, but a boycott is ridiculous.

Stuff like this give NBA haters plenty of ammo.

Most Car Salesmen are slimy ... how you gonna send me an OTD quote price then I get to your shop and you tack on 2 grand in add-ons? They lucky the PSP know Jesus now ...Posted by: Practice Season Police | February 25, 2011 at 02:38 PM
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WTH? PREACH PSP, PREACH!! LMAO!!!!!!!
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Bartender double Vodka and Percoset all around!! Justa's paying!! LOL!

Stuff like this give NBA haters plenty of ammo. Posted by: LRob | February 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM
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Wow! That was some crazy ISH! Thanks for the link sir!

@LRob- Rip Hamilton, as much as teammates like him, has always let pride get in the way of business.

Pride only hurts, it don't help- Marcellus Wallace

He'd rather ride the pine than play for the Cavs. So, he'll boycott professionalism, things aren't going his way.

I'm paying??? WTH???

LOL!! Ok ok....

Bartender - make 'em SMALL ones.

2nd round's on Larry - make mine a double, please.

I'm going to check out Cosmopolitan Hotel/Casino, and watching the game there with MVP888, who has a sick suite...

I'm very happy for Derek Fisher...he deserves more love, especially right here of all places...

My mood music to get me psyched for a night out in Sin City...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqTuN-35580

justa and Mamba...if I was there I would buy all the rounds...lol

Everyone have a great and safe Friday night...

I'm paying??? WTH???Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 25, 2011 at 02:50 PM
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Justa playing with you ma'am. Being Head of the Mamba Clan means never having to pay for the Vodka's & percosets!! lol! Carry On!

To quote the Legend, Logo Jerry West,

"Carmelo, the reason you can't play defense, is because you can't."

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6159494

Sandbagging a cancer survivor, really classy move Melo.

justa and Mamba...if I was there I would buy all the rounds...lol Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 25, 2011 at 02:59 PM
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See Justa, as I said...Being Head of The Mamba Clan means never having to pay for the rounds. LEW you're the best my brother! LOL! Have a good evening andf enjoy the game. Tel MVP888 that Justa & I said hi!! Carry on!

mamba24,

re: Justa playing with you ma'am. Being Head of the Mamba Clan means never having to pay for the Vodka's & percosets!! lol! Carry On!

you didn't go generic label did you?


PRELUDE TO A GREAT LAKERS WEEKEND !!!
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What could be better than having two great Lakers games on tap for this weekend with a homer vs. the Clippers tonight at Staples and then off to OKC to take on the Thunder with Kendrick Perkins? While you can never forget that this IS the practice season, there is no doubt that the Lakers need to take care of business and win both games to show their coach, owner, and fans they are awake.
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Revenge should be the motivation against the Clippers tonight. While we beat them by a point in a road game back in early December, we need to remember how the Clippers upset us 99-92 in the mid- January roadie that ended with Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom getting into a minor skirmish. I thought this game was truly emblematic of the Lakers woes at the time. Losing the lead in the stretch is one thing; losing your composure after falling behind in the closing minutes is another.
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I’m looking for the Lakers to get even against the Clippers tonight. To do that, we need to control the boards (last time we lost the overall rebounding battle 50-45 and the offensive glass 15-11), control the paint (last time we lost the points in the paint battle 44-34), share the ball (last time we lost the assists battle 28-12), play better transition defense (last time we lost the fast break battle 21-13), and do a better job shooting and defending the 3-point shot (last time we were outscored 27-9 from long range). Bottom line, we need to show the Clippers we are still LA’s best team.
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The game Sunday in OKC will be a great test to see if the new bulked and bullied up Thunder have improved enough to threaten the Lakers superiority in the West. Our only meeting with OKC so far this year was a 101-94 home win over the Thunder, that ironically came immediately after their 99-92 loss to the Clippers. It will be fun to see how Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed fit with their new team and whether their enhanced front court is able to ball with the Lakers big men.

This time, I expect the Lakers to arrive in OKC with a 3-game win streak after beating the Clippers. Like last time, we will need to shoot well from the field and beyond the arc, share the ball with a balanced offensive attack, and hold the Thunder to a low shooting percentage. Unlike last time, we will need to do a better job on the boards and take better care of the ball to prevent turnovers that generate easy transition baskets for the Thunder. Time for the Lakers to dominate the Thunder.
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TOM

I have a feeling Derek can hardly wait for the playoffs in order to shut everybody up - myself included. The "Little Tank" is going to be a playoff machine!

"Even when we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

@LakerTom- pretty sure Perkins will be inactive. He was supposed to be out a week with a leg injury.

you didn't go generic label did you? Posted by: hobbitmage | February 25, 2011 at 03:06 PM
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Hobbit...shhhhhhh! LMAO!!!!! NEVER!!! Only the best for the Head of the Mamba Clan. Humph!!! GENERIC!!! The very thought!!!!!


@SEAN… Thanks. I forgot about that. Too bad because I wanted to see how he fit in. Should make the Lakers job a little easier anyway so it’s not all bad.
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TOM

@LakerTom- we'll see them all one more time in L.A. I think. We don't run from competition, the competition try to run from us.

hobbit - generic? Really? Have you met me?

LOL!!!

Dr. Buss - being a poker player means you understand the card removal effect.

If there's a "card" that your opponent needs to complete their hand, and you have it in your hand (even if not needed) it gives you so much more power.

Now, I'm not smart enough to know who all the opponents would want or wouldn't want if they get released from their contract, but if any of them are seeking a particular player, it might be the cheapest investment ever to just obtain that player yourself

@LRob- Rip Hamilton, as much as teammates like him, has always let pride get in the way of business.
Pride only hurts, it don't help- Marcellus Wallace
He'd rather ride the pine than play for the Cavs. So, he'll boycott professionalism, things aren't going his way.
Posted by: sean | February 25, 2011 at 02:48 PM
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Sean – I agree with you about pride goeth before destruction (Proverbs), but the report was Rip would’ve left 9 mil on the table for the buyout. I wouldn’t done that either.

Also thanks for posting the article on coach Karl and Melo. It sounded like the coach trashed Melo. That’s not cool.

Regarding Fisher...

The man is a class act. I'm very proud of him and his time in Los Angeles.

Having said that, I was truly disappointed that Luke Walton out-classed him in asking to be moved to the bench behind Trevor Ariza, but Fisher never did this - and now we're all paying for it.

All I can say is that you'd better pull it out in the playoffs once again, or else you will start getting BOOED by the very fans that adore you.

@LRob- yeah, I'm on the fence about Karl and Melo. Melo wasn't right, should have taken the high road. Karl shouldn't have opened his mouth either.

I agree about Rip, he's protecting his interests. Can't fault him for that.

LRob,

My goodness... I see AI's time in Detroit in new light. I still think he was wrong (and right at the same time), but wow, the guy was right? LOL.

When athletes start walking out on a coach, you can blame the athletes, or you can finally admit that the coach isn't cut out for the job.

In college, I had the worst coach EVER, but no one in the admin knew it because we all did a great job at recruiting and kept bringing in better and better talent... until one day, at the pinnacle and obtaining the highest national rank in 3 decades, the whole team basically quit.

At that point, admin realized that the coach who had more success than his predecessors was actually completely inept. He's now at a second rate school, and I don't think he even belongs there.

Anyone interested in a BMW 750?

Rick Fox just tweeted if the Clips beat the Lakers, he'll give away his 750 to the first person who can jump over it.

Nobody want a BMW 750? That's a damn nice car. While I'll take a victory, if he's making that offer, if I lived the GLAA, I'd be knockin' on his door. I'll jump over it, I just need to stretch for about 3 hours. LOL

justanothermambafan,

re: the generic. my bad.

mamba24,

don't act like you don't know. you're going to go low end on the Vodka.
pour it through a brita filter 20 times and poor it into a nice bottle.

You can't fool me! :)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/474541

My man, my favorite Laker for MANY years, Mr Class himself. Congratulations, Derek, you deserve it! Thank you for representing our team and our city with such class and grace.

D Fish,Fisher,Derek Fisher,called him any name you may like,he epitomises every thing that a Laker player must be.I have never doubted his game because of al the years of his clutch performances.Since 1999 when I first saw him playing for the Lakers among the rest of the Lakers supertars like Kobe,Shaq,Horry and Glen Rice and making those vital 3s,I knew he was something special.Another player back then was the Laker present assitant coach SHAW,he too was a good 3 point player.Back then Lakers had about 4 or 5 players that could have shoot 3s,Horry,Fisher,Shaw,Rick Fox and eveb Kobe.With these guys banging in 3 pointers the Lakers were always able to keep their opponent's close when they were not having a good game.These Lakers were tight.My point is Fisher as player benefited from all those championship years.Finally some Laker fans is not aware that coach Phil Jackson always had a Fisher type of clutch player on all his championship teams,starting with the Bulls,he had BJ Amstrong,Steve Ker then Shaw and Fisher on the Lakers,Laker fans who condemns the D FISH,dont have a clue about Phil Jacskon teams,they dont even have a clue about the team they even support.

mamba24, don't act like you don't know. you're going to go low end on the Vodka. pour it through a brita filter 20 times and poor it into a nice bottle.
You can't fool me! :) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/474541
Posted by: hobbitmage | February 25, 2011 at 05:43 PM
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DAMNIT!!!! Now the whole world knows...LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well done my brother!!!

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - BANDWAGON
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(01) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - chaplain - O Ye of Little Faith...Haven't I been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.
(02) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher, you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - Congratulations to DFish and our very own MM!!! Nothing like getting some well-deserved recognition.
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA - DRIVER 2
(05) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER3 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's what Derrik do
(06) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH! There are no more words - Fish is my favorite current Laker.
(08) JON K. – SECUTRITY - People who express educated concerns about Derek Fishers are Lakers fans. People who blindly attack Derek Fisher and make ridiculous insults about Derek Fisher are trolls, idiots and chicken littles. Nothing more. Congratulations, Derek!!! An honor well-deserved!
(09) : SNAQUILE OMEAL - If you hate fisher, you hate yourself!
(10) MARK G(I HAVE NO IDEA) - I don't know, call me crazy, but Fish has his moments
(11) AL FRANKEN - Fisher being the starting PG is just the price of
admission to the Parade. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
(12)BUCK - OH MY GOOD LORD JESUS! FISH MADE A LAY UP!!!
(13) KOBEFAN IN CUPERTINO -OMG WHAT THE F DID FISH DO?????
(14) JOHNNYV - It's going to be a LONG DAY for the Fish haters.
(15) LROB-Congrats to DFish on his consecutive game streak. Like Allan Stewart Konigsberg said, "90% of life is showing up". Fish thanks for answering the bell. For all those that treat DFish like the black sheep of the Lakers....he ain't going anywhere...so you can root for him or not...The Choice Is Yours. Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU For any that don’t like Fish game, or Pau, or Luke, or Kobe….I have no problem with that as long as your love for the Lakers overrule your dislike of the individual. This is for you..Tupac - I Ain’t Mad at Cha (clean version of course…lol)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-B10qhRho
(16) HE8ME1 - HOOK. LINE. SINKER. The FISHERKING strikes again.
(17) PURPLE HEART - To all the tools who were just bashing on Fish today. Did you watch the game tonite? Probably not. This is why Fish still starts for us. He will pull this type of act off whenever we truly need it. Love the Fish.
(18) BAY TO LA - The last 6 minutes of the game is where he was key. The rest of the game..ehh. He needs to be there at the end, not the beginning.
(19) FISHER24 - Fisher would always have energy to play the game.
(20) LEWSTRS -So for the ones that say Fish can't guard the speedy PGs in the league...name me 2 that can...Are they on a championship caliber team... The Lakers are like a race car...Some times if is not tuned in precisely, it won't run as fast, smooth or respond as well...But if it's dialed in...it's a hard car to beat, and the other drivers would hope, that we make a mistake which they can capitalize on...Meaning to say...it's the Lakers who will beat the Lakers... So back off Fish...Give the team Mitch and PJ put together a chance...we are still one of the elite teams in the league, and if you have been a fan of this team for the last 3 years...you know they are a different animal in the playoffs...I have no problem with people criticizing players on our team...I have a problem when posters do NOTHING BUT, criticize a player, coach or the front office...EVERY TIME THEY POST...
(21) FMRKT - In short, Fish - by himself - has never cost the team - to my recollection - a playoff or championship series.
(22) SRAFRANK - Hey leave Fisher alone. He is the Master Link. Man has it come to that. The man has the bling to back up his worth and we act like we have bling. Hey idiots Check your fingers Empty thats what I thought.
(23) LUDWIG - Fisher King reigns over the land of purple and gold -- today, tomorrow and forever! All you disgusting trolls eat the dirt and the grime under his glorious sneakers! God loves you, Derek, and so do his angels!
(24) DONTBLAMEDELHARRIS - To all the haters: I really hate to say I told you so, but...Fish has what most new players and some younger players don't: class. "I've had plenty of employees who were great people, and not terribly good performers in the workplace. I've also had multitudes of
superb employees who were just a bunch of jerks. When the poop hit the fan, the morally grounded folks "put up" and the others "shut up". The poop hit the fan, and Fish cans another game-winner. What's new? I woke up Mrs. DBDH by unleashing a primal scream of victory, but it was worth it.
(25) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I read the caption, and it outlines what Derek Fisher was thinking about if the first two options were covered. That's the mark of a player who is prepared for different scenarios - much like a player on a baseball team thinking about what to do if a ball is hit to a specific location with a certain number of runners on base.
(26) MAMBA24 –How do you spell CLUTCH? The same way you spell CLASS…D.E.R.E.K F.I.S.H.E.R
(27) CORNER J - Old Arab saying: the dogs bark, but da Fish swims on...
(28) OCISMAMBACOUNTRY - FISH! Not the prettiest game but definitely a nice boost of confidence for the team. I had to laugh when Barnes kissed his head while being interviewed by John Ireland after the game. Thank you Derrick for making Lakers games as fun to watch and as suspenseful as Hollywood movies.
(29) FEARLESS - Maybe Fish is a Jedi. Because they stood around and looked at him make the play exactly the same way Boston did. Oh yeah, you KNOW I'm on the Fisher King bandwagon. I have been his biggest champion on this blog for YEARS!
(30) WILLB3 - Derick Fisher is older than Moses, but he is the clutch (team leader)player the Lakers need
(31) HAWIID - don't know why people hate on Fish so much. Dude has 5 rings...count em 5! He's the starting point guard for all 5 Championships. Basketball is a team sport so he matters big time. Countless clutch shots and the heart of a lion. All the armchair critics of Fish are smarter and wiser than 13 ring PJ (that's right he has 2 as a player...3 toe rings) and GOAT Kobe Black Mamba Bryant who treats Fish like AmEx...don't leave home without him? Gimme a freakin break!
(32) MCLYNE - They will say that it's only one game and it doesn't matter. One game could mean HCA throughout the playoffs. One game could mean playing game 7 of the WCF at home. One game could mean having HCA in the Finals. One game could mean playing game 7 of the Finals at home. Please tell me again why one game won by D FISH doesn't matter.
(33) 63 FOOTER - "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." The Fish haters confound me. I understand getting on a player when they're doing things differently all of a sudden, or having a tough run (like Pau right now, say), but Fish has ALWAYS played this way. Nothing has changed. Solid, solid, clutch. It's just plain weird to me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AftPxOKGj1s
(34) LAKERFANINCOWTOWN - Regarding Fish, has this guy ever NOT elevated his game for the playoffs?? Seriously, for those of you that have been Lakers fans for awhile, and for those of you that have ever been in clutch sports situations where your heart starts racing and you get a little dizzy and all your muscles feel like Jello, do you have any fear of putting the ball in Fisher's hands with the game on the line? I'm not the world's biggest Fisher supporter, but you really haven't been paying attention if you don't realize that Fisher is pacing himself through the regular season (reminding you of his "clutchness" every once in awhile) so
he can bring it for the playoffs. Just shut it for awhile, Fish doubters!
(35) MAGIC PHIL - Great game last night, especially the 3rd quarter. Yes, I'm not crazy: The freakin 3rd quarter!!!!!!!!! hope the Lakers watch that tape, because that is exactly HOW WE SHOULD NOT PLAY ANYMORE! Kobe looked tired and old, Gasol looked as soft as ever, Fish was horrible, everybody sucked! I was really mad...Then, the Killer B's plus Artest and Gasol putted us back into the game (amen). And Fisher, always him, gave us the win. They were rested, no excuses for such performance. Thanks Killer Bs, Thanks Fish. The rest, MAN UP!
(36) DIANDRA - Derek fisher, you are still my favourite laker. If anyone doubted you at your age, you last night showed once again why they shouldnt. - Man, I love Derek Fisher. He's been my favourite player for about seven years now? I was so heart broken when he left the lakers, yet so happy to see him try and shine elsewhere. No, he's not the spectacular point guard that we've seen in Rondo, or the new rookies, or Chris Paul. (Is he a PG?) But he brings something that a lot of players don't have, and that's his ability to motivate his team through a single speech. His clutch players throughout the years have defined him as a player. If I didn't have an exam tomorrow night I would be out and proud wearing my Derek Fisher jersey cheering away for us tomorrow night. There are a lot of Derek Fisher haters out there, because he isn't as speedy and averages so few points a game during the regular season. When you start to doubt Derek Fisher think back to his Game 3 vs the celtics. His two three point shots vs the Magic, his .4 shot, and now his .1 shot. He may be 36 years old, but he's still one of the greatest players the lakers have ever had, and without him, I don't think Kobe would have 5 rings.
(37) LARRY OF LA - I am a lefty and the left handed high arc running bank shot is money. I am 5'10" and can not jump and its never in blocked. You box out with your body and have that sweet high arc bank..well, DFISH, WTG. And it was a scrappy win...I love scrappy wins.
(38) JON K. – 2. Derek Fisher is the man!
(39) LAKERJ - Derek Fisher is one cool hombre. His presence exudes leadership. Like it or not, he is a vital component of this team. His knowledge of the game will propel him to be involved in basketball after he retires as a player. Don't be surprised to see him as a GM.
(40) LAKERHOLIC - And Fish hits the floater at the buzzer!!! Keep the wins going!
(41) ZAIRA – BLOG GODDESS - I'm happy Fish "saved" us. I love him dearly... but for every clutch, there is always a team which brought a single man in the position to close it to win. Without Kobe we wouldn't have got the -1 point way to pass through.
(42) HTJ - Fish Baybeeeeeeeeeeeee!
(43) SAMLL - 3.1 seconds to win the game. Who you gonna call? The Black Mamba if he's available. When in doubt, press #2. For Mr. 0.4, 3.1 secs is nothing. Go Fish!
(44) ROCKY - Just when the Fisher haters were starting to gain momentum, BAM! Fisher wins a game for us with yet another clutch Laker moment. Did you haters see how calm and composed Fish was in the biggest moment of the game? Did you guys see how he knew how much time was left to the last millisecond? That is Derek Fisher for you, Mr Dependable. Balls of Steel. Ice water in his veins. This guy gets a free pass because he does things like that on a consistent basis.
(45) CYBERCOSMIX - How many rings does Fish have as starting PG of the Lakers? LOVE YA FISH! KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU DO: HITTING CLUTCH SHOTS, SEEMLESSLY RUNNING THE OFFENSE AND LEADING YOUR TEAM TO CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES!
(46) TIDAL WAVE - Congratulations to Derek Fisher. He may have lost a step in his on court game, but his character and heart has a lot to do with all the last years success. Derek is the example of what a teammate should be.
(47) EDWIN GUECO - This is the other dimension you get from having Derek Fisher - leadership, professionalism and a role model as a good Dad. He is the most sought player after the season being the head of the Players Union. David Stearns, Superstars, Owners and Lawyers would kowtow Fisher's advice or else no deal.
(48) NINJA - D Fish,Fisher,Derek Fisher,called him any name you may like,he epitomises every thing that a Laker player must be.I have never doubted his game because of al the years of his clutch performances.Since 1999 when I first saw him playing for the Lakers among the rest of the Lakers supertars like Kobe,Shaq,Horry and Glen Rice and making those vital 3s,I knew he was something special.Another player back then was the Laker present assitant coach SHAW,he too was a good 3 point player.Back then Lakers had about 4 or 5 players that could have shoot 3s,Horry,Fisher,Shaw,Rick Fox and eveb Kobe.With these guys banging in 3 pointers the Lakers were always able to keep their opponent's close when they were not having a good game.These Lakers were tight.My point is Fisher as player benefited from all those championship years.Finally some Laker fans is not aware that coach Phil Jackson always had a Fisher type of clutch player on all his championship teams,starting with the Bulls,he had BJ Amstrong,Steve Ker then Shaw and Fisher on the Lakers,Laker fans who condemns the D FISH,dont have a clue about Phil Jacskon teams,they dont even have a clue about the team they even support.
(49) SMARTASSPRODUCTIONS.COM - My man, my favorite Laker for MANY years, Mr Class himself. Congratulations, Derek, you deserve it! Thank you for representing our team and our city with such class and grace.
(50) TIM-4-SHOW - The man is a class act. I'm very proud of him and his time in Los Angeles. aving said that, I was truly disappointed that Luke Walton out-classed him in asking to be moved to the bench behind Trevor Ariza, but Fisher never did this - and now we're all paying for it. All I can say is that you'd better pull it out in the playoffs once again, or else you will start getting BOOED by the very fans that adore you.
(51) FRMKT - I have a feeling Derek can hardly wait for the playoffs in order to shut everybody up - myself included. The "Little Tank" is going to be a playoff machine!
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