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Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:30 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:46 pm
Robert Horry says Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher is too old. Posted by Ben Golliver.


Robert Horry was one of the NBA's all-time great winners. They say you need a lot of luck and the right circumstances to win an NBA title, making Horry one of the luckiest judges of circumstances the league has ever seen.

Horry won multiple titles with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, snagging the moniker "Big Shot Rob" along the way. Never a star, Horry could be counted on to do the little things, be in the right place at the right time and step up to take an important shot regardless of how much pressure there was in a given situation. His career haul: Seven rings. More than Michael Jordan. More than Kobe Bryant. More than Shaquille O'Neal.  Pretty nuts.

In other words, Horry knows winning. Asked by the Los Angeles Times what it will take for the Lakers, Horry didn't mince words, pointing the finger at the Lakers' starting point guard, and his former teammate, Derek Fisher.
"I think they need another good point guard. No disrespect to Derek Fisher. But Derek is long in the tooth. I've been there, done that. I understand that. They need to get a point guard who can distribute the ball, get people in order and not be afraid to tell Kobe [Bryant], 'no.'"
Aside from a new point guard, Horry urged minor changes over major changes.
"All they need is a season of rest. They have more time off to rest. If they don't do anything ridiculous like blowing it up, they'll be fine. Go out and add a couple more bench pieces, get some role players who don't mind doing some dirty work, and they'll be fine."
Fisher, 36, has five rings and is the president of the Players Association, so it goes without saying that he is one of the league's most respected elder statesmen. The numbers, however, aren't particularly kind to him. Fisher averaged just 6.8 points -- his lowest total in more than a decade -- and 2.7 assists last season. He didn't miss a game for the sixth consecutive season, but his lack of athleticism and quickness proved to be limiting factors for the Lakers.

On the bright side, Fisher still was able to log 28.0 minutes per game, meaning there's plenty of room to reduce his role over the next two seasons, as he's under contract through 2012-2013. It's certainly possible that his "old-man game" still has a place for the Lakers off the bench. A complicating factor with continuing Fisher in his current role is that Bryant's athleticism is also starting to give a bit too age. Pairing Bryant with a more active, dynamic starting point guard would be the ideal situation, with the option of returning to Fisher in big late-game moments should the need arise.

Fisher is one of the smartest and sneakiest players in the league, master of every trick in the book. But each new year brings another crop of super-elite athletes at the point guard position. Horry is correct here. Unless there's an extended work stoppage that allows Fisher extra time to rest his body, the time is right for the Lakers to make a change at the point.

Here's video of Horry's comments about Fisher courtesy of YouTube user LosAngelesTimes.


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:09 am

Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

They just drafted Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock. I think they'll be fine at PG.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:40 am

Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

Way to Go Rob, you are right on point. D-Fish still has a little in the tank, just not as a starter. I am not sure about you comment about he and Kobe. I think he will tell Kobe what he need to hear.

After several conversations between he and Kobe there were times when he has told Kobe a thing or two Kobe might not have liked. I base this on the expression on Kobe’s face after or during the conversation.

D-Fish has been great over the years and have performed in  a very good manner for the Lakers. Unfortunately basketball is a young man’s game and ole age is about 29 and over in the NBA. There are some that keep their body in great shape and are able to extend their playing time to about 35, which is an exception.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:35 am

Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

Holy smoke Shaq's shoes twice the size of Horry's.  Looks like a coach on the bench with his jr high team.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:29 am

Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

Great post

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:51 am

Robert Horry: Derek Fisher is too old for Lakers

This means alot coming from a former Laker.  I've grown up idolizing Magic, but his comments about the team were ignorant.  I agree with Rob 100%.  I'm not wanting to see the Lakers pay too much for Chris Paul, so my wish list is Deron Williams.  Sure I'd love to see Dwight Howard and give up Bynum, but a point guard is key and the only tru missing piece they really need.

And I am a huge Fisher fan too.  Met him once and he was a very nice wife and I have alwasy rooting for him.  Time to pass the position to a younger and quicker scorer please.

Thanks Fish!      

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