It's possible Lakers guard Derek Fisher will sit out in Monday's exhibition game against the Clippers for the same reason he remained sidelined during the Lakers' intrasquad scrimmage Friday at USC.
"[We'll] continue to let him get in playing shape for us," said Lakers Coach Mike Brown Brown, though he hasn't made a definitive decision regarding Fisher's playing status.
Although team accounts suggest Fisher arrived in training camp well-conditioned and in shape, both Fisher and Brown have both said he needs to catch up in that area. Fisher's off-season workouts were compromised because of his role as the NBA Players' Assn. president during the labor negotiations. Fisher didn't talk to reporters after Sunday's practice but he spoke in general terms Saturday on how he's striking a balance between practicing and resting.
"Just listening to your body and respecting the fact that, although we're a team, we have individual needs in terms of rest, recovery and preparation," said Fisher, at 37 a 16-year league veteran. "We obviously have to have a coach who's willing to work with you and be open to communicating about those things. That's essentially where it falls for me."
Meanwhile, Brown plans to play Kobe Bryant in the low 30-minute range. He's also considering starting Matt Barnes or Devin Ebanks at starting forward and then rotating for the Lakers' second preseason game against the Clippers on Wednesday.
— Mark Medina
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